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white-collar crime

noun
1.
any of various crimes, as embezzlement, fraud, or stealing office equipment, committed by business or professional people while working at their occupations.
Origin of white-collar crime
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
white-collar criminal, noun
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Examples from the web for white collar crime
  • We need larger white collar crime departments in our local police departments.
  • white collar crime needs to be more heavily punished.
  • white collar crime is the only crime where harsh sentences actually create deterrence.
  • One problem with white collar crime is that it often does pay.
  • Bur he will end up in a federal white collar crime country club prison.
Contemporary definitions for white collar crime
noun

any illegal act, such as embezzlement, fraud, or theft, that capitalizes on a person's high status in their business or workplace

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