Studying Fraud as White Collar Crime

Studying Fraud as White Collar Crime


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Whether it takes place in the corridors of power, the business board-room or via your email inbox, fraud influences our daily lives. It costs governments worldwide billions per year and is often thought to have far greater reach across society than any other criminal offence. This book examines and exposes fraud as one of the most devastating white collar crimes faced by society today.

Studying Fraud as White Collar Crime is an engaging introduction to the diverse, serious and often overlooked crime of fraud. The book:

carefully introduces key terms and concepts;

examines the difficulty of defining and tackling fraud;

uses handy crime snapshots that show fraud in action;

delves into detailed analysis of real life scenarios in case study chapters;

shows how fraud works at individual, organizational and transnational levels.

From fraud prevention and regulation to Ponzi schemes and insider trading, the book covers a broad range of issues and debates in a clear and accessible way. This wide ranging view of fraud is an indispensable introduction to a complex topic for all students of criminology, sociology and law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230542495
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

GEOFFREY SMITH is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK.

MARK BUTTON is a Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK.

LES JOHNSTON was Professor of Criminology and Director of Research at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK.

KWABENA FRIMPONG was Research Associate at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, UK, and is now at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Figures vi

List of Tables vii

Acronyms viii

1 Introduction: The Study of Fraud 1

Part I Fraud in Context

2 Defining Fraud 13

3 The Extent of Fraud 28

4 Why Do People Commit Fraud? 42

5 The Politics of Fraud 60

Part II Tackling Fraud

6 Preventing Fraud 79

7 Investigating Fraud 96

8 Prosecuting and Regulating Fraud 114

Part III Case Studies in Fraud

9 A Very Common Fraud: The Case of the Insurance Fiddle 137

10 Social Security Fraud 154

11 Transnational Fraud 174

12 Final Reflections 193

Bibliography 200

Index 222

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