Introduction to Corporate and White-Collar Crime

Overview

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...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439851586
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 800,282
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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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
Overview
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
Perjury
Sanctions for White-Collar Criminals
Purposes of Criminal Sanctions
Imprisonment
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
Index

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