White-Collar Crime

Jacquelin Mata

White -Collar Defined

White-collar crime encompasses a variety of illegal activities- including bribery, forgery, investment schemes, and con-games- designed to take the money of unsuspecting victims.


There are many white-collar crimes and they can be organized into three different categories. The three categories involve occupational crime, individual fraud, and corporate crime

Current estimates place the annual cost of white-collar crime between $300 and $600 billion.


The FBI estimates the annual cost of check fraud to commercial banks and other institutions at $12 billion to $15 billion.


White-collar crime isn't a major issue, but it should be taken care of because it costs money.


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