What Is White-Collar Crime?

There are two major elements of a white-collar crime:

  1. They are nonviolent in nature
  2. They are financially-centered

Meaning, unlike some other crimes, a white-collar crime’s main focus is to enrich the perpetrator. Because pre-existing funds, influence, and reputation are often needed to pull them off, those responsible for white-collar crimes are normally high-status members of society; businessmen, government officials, bankers, etc.

Here is a list of crimes generally considered “white-collar:”

  • Insider trading
  • Embezzlement
  • Identity theft
  • Cybercrime
  • Credit card fraud
  • Health care fraud
  • Insurance fraud
  • Intellectual property fraud
  • Securities fraud

As you can see, the “white-collar” designator covers a wide range of crimes. And while most of these crimes are indeed nonviolent, that doesn’t mean that New York State doesn’t impose severe penalties on those who have transgressed. It is not unusual for white-collar criminals to see jail time.

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