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The phrase "white collar crime" is attributed to sociologist Edwin Sutherland from a speech he gave to the American Sociological Society in 1939.  Sutherland defined the term as "crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation."

Below is a list of a few of the Library of Congress Subject Headings that relate to white collar crime:

White collar crimes - United States

Commercial crimes - United States

Corporate governance - Law and legislation - United States

Corporations - Corrupt practices - United States

Government investigators - United States

Auditors - United States

Employee crimes - United States

Fraud investigation - United States

Money Laundering - Prevention



Tax evasion

International Crimes


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