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white-col·lar crime

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  1. white-collar crimenoun

    A non-violent crime, generally for personal gain and often involving money.

  2. Etymology: From the color of dress shirts worn by professional and clerical workers, as opposed to the rugged denim and chambray shirts normally worn by manual workers.


  1. White-collar crime

    White-collar crime is financially motivated nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. Within criminology, it was first defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation". Sutherland was a proponent of symbolic interactionism and believed that criminal behavior was learned from interpersonal interactions. White-collar crime is similar to corporate crime as white-collar employees are more likely to commit fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, identity theft, and forgery.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of white-collar crime in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of white-collar crime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of white-collar crime in a Sentence

  1. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar:

    Over the years, I think we have seen just how devastating that is, and when I was there, I worked hard on, for instance, doing more when it came to white collar crime, doing more with drug courts. And while here were still disparities in our system, like there were any, we had still managed in the eight years to reduce the African-American incarceration rate by 12 %.

  2. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo:

    The crime they're committing is a white-collar crime, but the crimes they're facilitating are violent crimes that impact our communities across the country every day.

  3. Lpez Obrador:

    We are giving the almost the same weight to [fighting]white-collar crime, as we do to drug cartels.

  4. Curt Bramble:

    The premise is that it’s not a problem in any particular state; white-collar crime is a problem in every state.

  5. Anne Richards:

    White collar crime is extremely difficult to prosecute, especially in finance, due to its complexity.

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