Types of Crime

Essay by chawawwa33University, Bachelor's October 2004

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White-collar crimes are defined as "planned illegal acts of deception committed by an individual or organization, usually during the course of legitimate occupational activity by persons of high or respectable status, for personal or organizational gain that violates fiduciary responsibility or public trust". The difference between white-collar crime and violent crime is that white-collar crime usually is applied to people associated with business that do not involve violence or bodily injury to another person. People tend to think violent crime occurs more than white-collar crime, however, this is not true. The reason for people thinking this is because most people do not even know crimes that fall under white-collar crime. "White-collar crime occurs just as much if not more than violent crimes". (Jay Smith) Deception, trickery, and fraud lie at the heart of all white-collar crimes. According to Jay Smith there are three kinds of white-collar crime.