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White Collar Crime in a Nutshell

NCJ Number
E S Podgor
Date Published
353 pages
White collar crime is a relatively new concept, having first achieved recognition in 1939, that includes fraud, forgery, embezzlement, counterfeiting, and certain regulatory offenses.
White collar crime generally refers to corporate offenses and most offenses involving public corruption. Many white collar crimes have been prosecuted based on statutes related to securities fraud and antitrust violations. Defenses available to white collar defendants are no different from those available to non-white collar defendants. The overview of white collar crime focuses on procedural and evidentiary issues and corporate criminal liability. Specific offenses are considered in detail, including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, obstruction of justice, bribery and extortion, false statements, perjury and false declarations, tax crimes, currency reporting crimes, bankruptcy crimes, environmental crimes, and computer crimes. Provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act that concern white collar crime are noted, and criminal and civil forms of punishment for white collar crime are examined. A table of cases and an index are provided.