white-collar crime

idiom

: crime that typically involves stealing money from a company and that is done by people who have important positions in the company : crime committed by white-collar workers
Embezzlement is a white-collar crime.

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Recent Examples on the Web Scammers are getting more sophisticated, says Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University and an expert on white-collar crime. Christopher Elliott, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2023 The department also will require every company that reaches a resolution with its criminal division to structure its compensation and bonus programs so that bad behaviors will be punished, Monaco said Thursday at a conference in Miami on white-collar crime. Chris Strohm and Benjamin Penn, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Mar. 2023 After Michael Bluth's father, George Bluth Sr., ends up in prison for a white-collar crime, Michael must stay in Orange County to run the family real estate business. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2023 The White House’s focus on white-collar crime is alive and well in other areas as well, lawyers speaking at the WSJ Risk & Compliance Forum said, pointing to the Justice Department’s focus on sanctions as an example. Jennifer Williams-Alvarez, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Switzerland’s new attorney general is pushing parliament to give his office more tools to fight white-collar crime. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 While Jonah desires to pull away from his parent's life of white-collar crime, Charlotte has changed her mind and now fully backs them up. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 20 Feb. 2022 Shalleck says his experience includes prosecuting homicides in New York City and serving as a white-collar crime prosecutor with New York’s attorney general’s office. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, 2 Feb. 2022 Wales was an 18-year veteran of the U.S. attorney’s office who focused on white-collar crime and also served as president of a gun-control group called Washington CeaseFire. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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Legal Definition

white-collar crime

noun
white-col·​lar crime
ˈhwīt-ˈkä-lər-
: crime that is committed by salaried professional workers or persons in business and that usually involves a form of financial theft or fraud (as in securities dealing)
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