Navigating the Complexities of White-Collar Crimes: A Legal Perspective

  • Navreet Kamal Kaur
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  • Navreet Kamal Kaur

    Student at University Institute of Legal Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India

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White-collar crimes, though rarely the focus of public discourse, are pervasive in society and often encountered through media or people in our immediate vicinity. These offenses are committed by persons of trust and confidence against an organization, violating established standards of business conduct, practices, or regulations. As American criminologist Edwin Sutherland said in 1939 in his book White Collar Crime, this form of criminal activity is not typically compared to the street crimes in terms of methodical complexity, tactics ingenuity, or degree of sophistication. While these crimes may not be particularly violent in nature, they do have consequences that victimize individuals and organizations alike. White-collar crimes can undermine the integrity of an organization’s structure and make a company or an institution a victim. They have the power to bankrupt an organization, deplete individual life savings as well as cost investors significant amounts of money while completely eroding public confidence in systems. This paper will examine the different categories of white-collar crime and analyze the elaborate legal frameworks and regulatory agencies that have been established to counter and prevent such offences.




International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 6, Issue 3, Page 651 - 659


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