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White Collar Crime
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There is no consensus on how to define white-collar crime. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has defined white-collar crime as “any violation of law committed through non-violent means, involving lies, omissions, deceit, misrepresentation, or violation of a position of trust, by an individual or organization for personal or organizational benefit.” BJS asked respondents to focus on the following criminal and civil offenses:

  • bank fraud
  • consumer fraud
  • insurance fraud
  • medical fraud
  • securities fraud
  • tax fraud
  • environmental offenses
  • false claims and statements
  • illegal payments to governmental officials (giving or receiving)
  • unfair trade practices (e.g., unsafe working conditions)


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Jurisdiction of State Attorneys General Offices over White-Collar Crime, 2014 This report describes the findings of the first Survey of State Attorneys General Offices, which collected information on jurisdiction, sources, and circumstances of white-collar crime cases.
  Full report (PDF 722K) | Data tables (Zip format 20K)
Part of the Survey of State Attorneys General Offices Series

BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics) Data Report, 1988 This report on data published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for 1988 pertains to crime and its characteristics; drugs; crime costs; the public response to crime; adjudication and sentencing; corrections; Federal justice data; and privacy, security, and confidentiality of criminal justice data and criminal histories.
  Full report (PDF)

White Collar Crime Using data from the integrated Federal Justice Statistics database, this study evaluated Federal efforts to prosecute white-collar criminals (those convicted of fraud, forgery, embezzlement, and other offenses for financial gain).
  Full report (PDF)

Tracking Offenders - White-Collar Crime Based on 28,000 white-collar felony cases reported in the 1983 offender-based transactions statistics of eight States and one territory, this report presents statistics on offense and offender characteristics as well as sentences compared to those who committed other crime types.
  Full report (PDF)