In order to be considered “white-collar”, a crime must fulfill certain criteria. First, the crime must be motivated by financial gain or advantage. Second, the crime must be non-violent in nature. Third, the crime must generally be perpetrated by an individual, or individuals, in positions of respect, authority, or trust who use cheating, swindling, embezzlement, deceit, deception, double-dealing, chicanery to obtain monetary or other assets for personal gain. Such an understanding of this class of crime considerably narrows the scope of the question this blog is intended to address. Thus, it is the intent of this blog to answer a more specific question; namely, “considering the fact that any white collar crime necessitates the illegal obtaining of money or property, can any crime which fulfills this definition ever be considered victimless?”
The short answer to this question is no. The general purpose of the law and, therefore, those responsible for its investigation and enforcement is to maintain public order and safety. Public order and safety are undermined each and every time an individual is deprived of something which is rightfully theirs. Whether a victim is deprived of his possessions, or is deprived of his life and safety, the foundational principle we all accept which firmly establishes these actions as unjust is the fact that one party is deprived of something, whether physical or conceptual, that was rightfully theirs.
If the citizens of our country cannot go about their lives with a basic expectation of the safety and security of their property and their person, society cannot continue to function. Trade and commerce, work and production cannot proceed in an environment of unchecked risk and ethical behavior. To consider white-collar crime a victimless crime is to consider crime permissible, and undermines the supremacy of the rule of law and erodes the foundational principles upon which any functional democratic society is based.
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