White-collar Crime Definition

A crime, as fraud, embezzlement, etc., committed by a person in business, government, or a profession in the course of occupational activities.
Webster's New World
A phrase denoting a variety of nonviolent crimes and commercial offenses committed by business people, public officials, and con artists. Consumer fraud, bribery, stock manipulation, and embezzlement are among the improprieties in this category.
Webster's New World Law

A non-violent crime, generally for personal gain and often involving money.

Fraud and embezzlement are examples of white-collar crime.

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Origin of White-collar Crime

  • From the color of dress shirts worn by professional and clerical workers, as opposed to the rugged denim and chambray shirts normally worn by manual workers.

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