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“White collar” crime refers to the full range of frauds that may be committed by business and governmental professional.  It is different than “street” crime in that white collar crimes are characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and not dependent on the threat or actual use of physical force or violence.  As the FBI notes, “The motivation behind these crimes is financial–to obtain or avoid losing money, property, or services or to secure a personal or business advantage.”  Examples of white collar crime include environmental crime, public corruption and ethics issues, money laundering, corporate and accounting fraud, securities and commodities fraud, mortgage fraud, banking fraud and embezzlement, fraud against the government, election law violations, fraud in mass marketing, and healthcare fraud.

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