Magazine article Multinational Monitor

White Collar Crime Spree

Magazine article Multinational Monitor

White Collar Crime Spree

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ONE IN THREE U.S. HOUSEHOLD is now the victim of white collar crime, according to new research conducted by the National White Collar Crime Center. The findings also reveal a growing public concern with the seriousness of white collar crime and the criminal justice system's ability to control it.

The survey, which was conducted between January and April 1999 by the Training and Research Institute of the National White Collar Crime Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, is the first of its kind in nearly two decades.

Findings from the report show that during a 12-month period, one in every three households (36 percent) was victimized by a form of white collar crime.

With regard to perceptions of the seriousness of white collar crime, the survey dispels early work that indicated the public was not concerned about fraud and white collar crime affecting them. The research shows that the public now views certain white collar crime offenses as equal to or more serious than certain traditional street crimes.

The Center asked: Which is more serious, armed robbery causing serious injury, or neglecting to recall a vehicle that results in a serious injury? …

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