WHITE-COLLAR OFFENSES IN THE WHOLESALE MEAT INDUSTRY IN DETROIT
Frank E. Hartung
This article is a tentative and partial statement of some of the theoretical considerations presented by a study of white-collar crime. It deals with violations of Office of Price Administration regulations in the Detroit wholesale meat industry and is part of a larger study of law and social differentiation. The points briefly to be considered are (1) the objective basis on which white-collar offenses are to be considered as criminal, (2) whether an act committed without deliberate intention is to be regarded as criminal, (3) the significance of white-collar offenses for current criminological theories, and (4) a characteristic of these offenses which distinguishes them from usual crimes and which has special significance for the community.
A white-collar offense is defined as a violation of law regulating business, which is committed for a firm by the firm or its agents in the conduct of its business. 1 Thus Nickel, the $60-a-week clerk who embezzled about one million dollars from the Mergenthaler Linotype Company for his personal use, is not a white-collar criminal as here defined. But Richard____________________