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The term white-collar crime was coined in 1939 by Professor Edwin Sutherland, and has since become synonymous with the full range of frauds committed by business and government professionals.

White-collar crime is

is composed of those crimes committed by individuals in the upper and middle social classes and/or certain high status occupations. Generally, these crimes involve acts that are non-violent, principally involving elements of deceit, deception, concealment, corruption, misrepresentation, and/or breach of trust.[1]

References Edit

  1. Computer Crime: Criminal Justice Resource Manual, at 7.

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