White-collar crime costs the United States more than $300 billion each year. It is surprisingly common, with one in every three Americans eventually becoming a victim. The criminals often dismiss these crimes as victimless, but those unfortunate enough to fall prey would disagree. An Introduction to Corporate and White-Collar Crime provides readers with an understanding of what white-collar crime is, how it works, and the extent to which it exists in our society. The broad-based coverage in this text analyzes the opportunity structures for committing white-collar crime and explores new ways of thinking about how to control it.
The material is organized and presented in a logical fashion, with each chapter building from the previous content. Every chapter begins with objectives to help readers focus on the topic and concludes with review questions to test assimilation of the material and promote debate. Several chapters conclude with a practicum to facilitate real-world understanding of the material.
Introduction to the Study of White-Collar Crime. Traditional Explanations of White-Collar Crime. Opportunity Structure of White-Collar Crime. Laws That Govern the Securities Industry. Banking and Currency Related Crimes. Racketeer and Organized Crime. Crimes Involving Public Officials. Obstruction of Justice. Sanctions for White-Collar Criminals. Control and Prevention of White-Collar Crimes. Appendix A: Reprint of Sutherland’s Article on White- Collar Crime. Index.