While the word crime immediately springs to the mind images of theft, rape and murder, it also has another association that is not so gruesome. White collar crime is something that takes place in the almost sanitized environments of an office and is committed by people one would never normally associate with any wrongdoing. These are not the typical crimes of passion driven by emotional surges nor are they carried out to settle scores. Rather, most of the white collar crimes are carefully thought out, complex plans that are prompted by the greed for money or power. The phrase “white collar crime” was first coined by Edwin Sutherland while addressing members of the American Sociological Society in 1939. He termed it as a “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation.”
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