(noun) A non-violent crime of opportunity, often involving money.
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- Plural: white-collar crimes
- Term originates from the white dress shirts wore by professionals such as bankers and lawyers, as opposed to denim or blue uniform shirts worn by wage laborers or blue-collar workers.
- A type of crime.
- Also called corporate crime.
- Coleman, James William. 1994. The Criminal Elite: The Sociology of White-collar Crime. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
- Friedrichs, David O. 1996. Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society. Belmont: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
- Sutherland, Edwin Hardin. 1949. White Collar Crime. New York: Dryden.