Investigating Financial Crime: Characteristics of White-Collar Criminals


Series: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: TRU005000

This book presents descriptions of theories about white-collar crime offenders and offenses. A case study is developed from a sample of 369 white-collar criminals generated by extracting newspaper stories and supplemented by court records. Numerous approaches to white-collar crime are organized and applied to the database. Theories are cataloged and tested against empirical data. The main aim of this book is to present a framework for a general theory of white-collar crime based on a number of sub-theories. Over the years, from research done on white-collar crime, three major characteristics have been attributed. First there is economics, where non-violent acts are committed for financial gain. Next there is organization, where offenders take advantage of professional authority and power to commit crime. Finally, there is behavior, where a number of deviant personality traits are often found.

Criminal investigation is a procedure or method for reconstructing the past. Its purpose is creating an account of what has happened, how it happened, and who did what to make it happen. Private investigation cases are evaluated based on a number of theories and criteria. The success or failure of a private investigation can be measured at different stages in the process: basis for initiation of investigation, work methodology, investigation results, and investigation consequences. This book presents case studies of private investigation reports by financial crime specialists and fraud examiners.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



1. An Empirical Sample of Criminals

2. More Empirical Analysis of the Sample

3. Theoretical Framework

4. Economical Dimension

5. Organizational Dimension

6. Behavioral Dimension

7. International Case Studies

8. Characteristics of Private Investigations

9. Financial Crime Specialists

10. The Case of GM Ignition Switch Investigation

11. Theoretical Perspectives on Investigations

12. Evaluation of Investigations

13. Sample of Investigations

14. The Case of HR Broadband Investigation

15. The Case of Langemyhr Investigation

16. The Case of Moscow School Investigation

17. The Case of Stangeskovene Investigation

18. The Case of Turkish Children Investigation

19. The Case of Yara Corruption Investigation

20. Investigation Social Responsibility

21. Private Investigation Situations

22. Key Issues in Private Investigations




Audience: Business schools (financial crime), departments of criminal justice (criminology), police academies (investigations), and auditing firms (forensic accounting).

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