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In this paper the exciting criminal phenomenon known as white-collar crime will be discussed Corporate Crime and Computer Crime will be discussed in detail Crime preventative agencies such as the NCPC National Crime Prevention Council will also be researched White Collar Crime The late Professor Edwin Sutherland coined the term white-collar crime about 1941 Sutherland defined white-collar crime as a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation Siegel 337 White-collar crime includes by way of example such acts as promulgating false or misleading advertising illegal exploitation of employees mislabeling of goods violation of weights and measures statutes conspiring to fix prices evading corporate taxes computer crimes and so on White-collar crime is most distinctively defined in terms of attitudes toward those who commit it These crimes are punishable by law however it is generally regarded by the courts and by sections of the general public as much less reprehensible than crimes usually punished by the courts The other types of crime are blue-collar offenses which are predominately crimes of the under-privileged White-collar crimes are punished far less harshly than blue-collar crimes which shows societies attitudes towards the two sections of society White-collar crime is attractive to criminals because it brings material rewards with little or no loss of status Taft England 201 For some white-collar crime is not viewed as a crime at all because of its non-violent nature Violent crime has an immediate and observable impact on its victim which raises the ire of the public whereas white-collar crime frequently goes undetected or is viewed as a bending of the rules Yet white-collar crime can create the greater havoc The victim of an assault will recover however the impact of a fraud can last a lifetime This is especially true when the elderly are victimized as they have little or no hope of re-establishing themselves in financial terms Contrary to the popular belief
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