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Introduction to Corporate and White-Collar Crime

1st Edition

By Frank J. DiMarino, Cliff Roberson

CRC Press

284 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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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.

Topics include:

  • Theories behind white-collar crime, including social and psychological theories
  • Routine activity, crime pattern, and situational crime prevention theories
  • Laws that govern the securities industries, including the Securities Exchange Act and Sarbanes–Oxley
  • Bank fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and organized crime
  • Crimes involving public officials and obstruction of justice
  • Control and prevention of white-collar crimes and sanctions for white-collar criminals

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.


Table of Contents

Introduction to the Study of White-Collar Crime

Definition of White-Collar Crime

Victims of White-Collar Crime

White-Collar Criminal

Prosecuting White-Collar Criminals

Required Criminal Conduct

Major White-Collar Crimes

Traditional Explanations of White-Collar Crime

Social Theories

Social Control Theories

Cultural Deviance Theories

Social Disorganization Theories

Biological Theories

Psychological Theories

Moral Theory

Case Study

Opportunity Structure of White-Collar Crime

Routine Activity Theory

Crime Pattern Theory

Situational Crime Prevention Theory

White-Collar Crime by Government Officials

Occupational Opportunities

Bribery in Foreign Countries

Laws That Govern the Securities Industry

Insider Trading

Securities Act of 1933

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002

Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010

Investment Company Act of 1940

Investment Advisers Act of 1940

Trust Indenture Act of 1939

JOBS Act of 2012

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Enforcement of SEC Regulations

Investor Alerts

Banking and Currency Related Crimes

Bank Fraud

Currency Reporting Requirements

Money Laundering

Racketeer and Organized Crime


What Is an Enterprise?

RICO in Criminal Cases

Pattern of Racketeering

Rico in Civil Cases

State RICO Statutes

Crimes Involving Public Officials

Bribery and Illegal Gratuity

Elements of Bribery and Illegal Gratuities

Criminal Conflict of Interest

Honest-Services Fraud

Obstruction of Justice

Omnibus Obstruction Provision

Agency Provision

Obstructing an Investigation

Witness Tampering and Retaliation

Civil Action to Restrain Harassment of a Victim or Witness


Sanctions for White-Collar Criminals

Purposes of Criminal Sanctions


Criminal Fines

Sentencing Guidelines

Financial Sanctions

Plea Waivers

Why Would a Prosecutor Agree to a Lesser Sentence in This Case?

Civil Forfeitures

Double Jeopardy and White-Collar Crime

Practicum on Sentencing

What Factors Would You Consider in Determining the

Correct Sentence?

Control and Prevention of White-Collar Crimes

How a Convicted Felon Would Reduce White-Collar Crime

Thompson Memorandum

Why Prosecution Is Important

FBI’S Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Unit

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

Useful Links

Appendix A: Reprint of Sutherland’s Article on White- Collar Crime


About the Authors

In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Cliff Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based upon on his publications and their relevance to the profession.

—Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol.6, issue 1, 2009

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science