White-Collar Crime

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Infobase Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 118 pages
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The term "white-collar crime" refers to crimes committed by people in respectable social and professional positions, who commit a crime in the course of doing their job or by using the advantage of their position. The crimes perpetrated are generally nonviolent, occur in commercial or business settings, and are intended solely to generate an illicit profit. White-Collar Crime explains the common types of crime committed, ranging from simple fraud to embezzling to insider trading, notes the famous cases, and discusses how law enforcement agencies identify and fight these crimes.

Chapters include:
  • History of White-Collar Crime
  • ABSCAM: How to Catch White-Collar Criminals
  • Crimes Against Consumers
  • Computer Crimes and I.D. Theft
  • Insider Trading and the Strange Case of Martha Stewart.
Topics covered include:
  • Anti-trust violations
  • Swindles, such as the "Great Salad Oil Swindle"
  • Computer and Internet fraud and phone and telemarketing fraud
  • The ABSCAM investigation
  • Bait and switch, false advertising, and price gouging
  • Environmental frauds and crimes
  • Identity theft
  • Tax cheats and investment swindles.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Introduction
13
History of WhiteCollar Crime
17
Types of WhiteCollar Crime
29
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
37
ABSCAM How to Catch WhiteCollar Criminals
45
Crimes Against Consumers
51
Crimes Against the Environment Love Canal
59
Insider Trading The Case of Martha Stewart
87
The Savings and Loan Scandal
95
Chronology
99
Endnotes
101
Bibliography
107
Further resources
110
Index
111
About the Author
117

Health CareBad investments and Spam
65
Corporate Crime Enron
73
Computer Crimes and ID Theft
81
About the Consulting Editor
118
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Michael Benson is a journalist, filmmaker, and artist. His work has been published in the "New York Times", the "Atlantic", "Rolling Stone", and the "Nation".

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