WHITE-COLLAR CRIME most often involves a network of people in legitimate occupations assisting one another for profit and covering-up wrong-doing. Individually, this often includes lawyers, accountants, stockbrokers, boards of directors, chief executive officers, government regulators, and thrift or banking insiders.

Since 1949 when Edwin H. Sutherland first defined white-collar crime, it has not been a uniquely American phenomenon. Yet, as the United States has been and remains the pre-eminent capitalist economic power, the nation is also the world leader in corporate criminality, as well as in this relatively new study of criminology.

The American Way

Criminal acts by corporations in the United States, rather than resulting in arrest are typically managed by regulatory agencies. They can be referred to the federal Department of Justice if the regulatory agency ...

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