A close friend of mine once said that he thinks white collar crimes are not really crimes and it all depends on how you look at it. He even went as far as to say that the government is wasting tax payer’s money to investigate business practices that he considers just to be more aggressive than others. I argued with him for a few minutes very sternly. He then asked me a very serious question. Do I think that white collar crime worse than regular street crimes like rape and murder? I was stunned for a minute and did not really know what to say. We all know how serious murder is and what kind of emotional pain the friends and families of the victim may feel and anyone who knows would tell you that I despise rape. It is the lowest of all to me. So not to answer ignorantly, I told him that I would research it a little further before I respond. He shook his head and said that he can’t believe that I even have to think about it.
See I wanted to know way more than 1 what is White Collar crime, and if it is considered to be worse than street crimes. I also wanted to know 2 who it affects other than the businesses that are involved and 3 how do they punish those caught involved in these crimes. The more I researched the more that I became intrigued with the subject matter.
The problem is that we live in the age of white collar crime, a time when the words thieves and businessmen make sense together. The word lawyer and liar pretty much sound the same. White collar criminals don't get their hands dirty in their work. They use their heads to get what they want instead of using a little muscle. These criminals are just as dangerous as the rapists and murderers. In these times, even the most seemingly respectable people are suspected of white collar crimes. President Clinton and the first lady Hillary Clinton have been tangled up in the Whitewater and Travel gate business ventures.
White collar crime has been present for many years. It may have been over looked, but it...