An Introduction to Corporate and White-Collar Crime

  • 5h 23m
  • Cliff Roberson, Frank J. DiMarino
  • CRC Press
  • 2013

White-collar crime costs the United States more than $300 billion each year. It is surprisingly common, with one in every three Americans eventually becoming a victim. The criminals often dismiss these crimes as victimless, but those unfortunate enough to fall prey would disagree. An Introduction to Corporate and White-Collar Crime provides readers with an understanding of what white-collar crime is, how it works, and the extent to which it exists in our society. The broad-based coverage in this text analyzes the opportunity structures for committing white-collar crime and explores new ways of thinking about how to control it.

Topics include:

  • Theories behind white-collar crime, including social and psychological theories
  • Routine activity, crime pattern, and situational crime prevention theories
  • Laws that govern the securities industries, including the Securities Exchange Act and Sarbanes–Oxley
  • Bank fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and organized crime
  • Crimes involving public officials and obstruction of justice
  • Control and prevention of white-collar crimes and sanctions for white-collar criminals

The material is organized and presented in a logical fashion, with each chapter building from the previous content. Every chapter begins with objectives to help readers focus on the topic and concludes with review questions to test assimilation of the material and promote debate. Several chapters conclude with a practicum to facilitate real-world understanding of the material.

About the Authors

Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D., is an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, and an adjunct professor in the School of Legal Studies, Kaplan University. Cliff is also the former Managing Editor of the international journal Police Practices and Research (PPR). PPR is a refereed journal and is distributed in 48 countries. In addition, he served for four years as the editor in chief of the Professional Issues in Criminal Justice Journal.

He has authored or coauthored over 50 books and texts on legal subjects.

Frank DiMarino, J.D., L.L.M., is the Dean of the Kaplan University School of Legal Studies and the former Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. DiMarino was appointed dean in 2006 after serving on the University's undergraduate and graduate faculty for two years. DiMarino has used his more than 20 years as a federal prosecutor and his academic experience to develop undergraduate and graduate degree programs that emphasize practical applications for criminal justice and legal studies students.

DiMarino began publishing in 1983, writing articles for The Advocate, a publication for Judge Advocate General's counsel, and has coauthored several criminal justice texts with his friend and mentor, Dr. Clifford Roberson.

In this Book

  • Introduction to the Study of White-Collar Crime
  • Traditional Explanations of White-Collar Crime
  • Opportunity Structure of White-Collar Crime
  • Laws That Govern the Securities Industry
  • Banking and Currency Related Crimes
  • Racketeer and Organized Crime
  • Crimes Involving Public Officials
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Sanctions for White-Collar Criminals
  • Control and Prevention of White-Collar Crimes