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Inside White Collar Crime

NCJ Number
Social Defence Volume: 21 Issue: 82 Dated: (October 1985) Pages: 17-24
J V Jeyasingh
Date Published
8 pages
Fifty white-collar criminals convicted in Tamil, India, were analyzed to study their family conditions, work situations, and social factors responsible for their crimes.
Urban workers tended to commit white-collar crimes. Marital relationships outside marriage tended to cause men to get money illegally. Drugs or alcohol was found to lead men to quick ways of getting money. White-collar criminality was found to be higher in percentage in the government worker sector. Middle-income groups tended to earn money through illegal means. Job dissatisfaction and a favorable environment for doing crime tended to create a criminal atmosphere. Increasing demand of family members, imbalance and poor planning in expenditure, and indebtedness contributed to using illegal sources to raise money. Daily or weekly operators of illegal criminal activities took small amounts of money, while infrequent operators took a great amount. Alternatives to imprisonment are recommended. 6 tables and 2 references.