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Criminology

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Enterprise Crime
white collar crime, cyber crime, organized crime; in each category offenders twist the legal rules of commercial enterprise for criminal purposes
White-collar crime
illegal activities of people and institutions whose acknowledged purpose is profit through legitimate business transactions; use illegal business practices to merchandise what are normally legitimate commercial products; any business-related act that ses deceit, deception, or dishonesty to carry out criminal enterprise
Cyber Crime
people using the instruments of modern technology for criminal purposes
Organized crime
illegal activities of people and organizations whose acknowledged purpose is profit through illegitimate business enterprise; use illegal marketing techniques to distribute otherwise legal products and services
White-collar crime: Edwin Sutherland
focused on corporate criminality and crimes committed by wealthy indutrialists
White-collar crime: types
income tax evasion, employee theft, soliciting bribes, accepting kickbacks, and embezzelment
White-collar crime: who commits it?
Members of all social classes may engage in white-collar crimes
Victims of White-Collar Crime
general public, the organization that employs the offender, or a competing organization
White-Collar Crime: Stings and Swindles
people using their institutional or business position to trick others out of their money; have little shame when defrauding people out of their money; target the elderly, sick, and infirm
White-collar crime: chiseling
regularly cheating an organization, its consumers, or both; may be individuals who want to make quick profits in their own businesses, or employees of large organizations who decide to cheat on obligations to their own company or its clients by doing something contrary to either the law or company policy
Professional Chiseling
Professionals use their positions to chisel clients
Securities Fraud
takes place on the commodities and stock markets, where individuals engage in deceptive practices that are prohibited by the federal law; churning (illegal means to cheat an organization, its consumers or both on a regular basis), front running (placing broker's personal orders ahead of a customers large order to profit from the markets effects of the trade), bucketing (skimming customer trading profits by falsifying trade information)
Individual Exploitation of Institutional Position
Exploitation occurs when the victim has a clear right to expect a service, and the offender threatens to withhold the service unless an additional payment or bribery is forthcoming
Influence peddling and bribery
Sometimes individuals holding important institutional positions sell power, influence and information to outsiders who have an interest in influencing or predicting the activities of the institution
Influence peddling
takes bribes in order to use their positions to grant favors and/or sell information to which their co-conspirators aren't entitled
Victims of Influence Peddling
organizations compromised by its employees for their own intersts and the people who pay for those organizations and expect them to be run in a fair and legal manner
Influence Peddling in the Government
Common for government workers and office holders to engage in official corruption
Influence Peddling in Business
Payola (practice of record companies paying radio stations to play songs without making listeners aware of the bribes); Foriegn Corrupt Practices Act (criminal offense to bribe foriegn officials or to make other questionable overseas payments
Embezzlement and Employee Fraud
individuals use their positions to embezzle company funds or appropriate company property for themselves; Victim: company or organization that employs the criminal
Blue-Collar Fraud
Pilferage (systematic theft of company property by employees); employee theft is explained by factors relevant to the work setting, such as job dissatisfaction etc.
Managment Fraud
converting company assets for personal benefit; fraudulently recieving increases in compensation, fraudulantly increasing personal holdings of coapny stock, retaining one's present postition within the company by manipulating accounts, and concealing unacceptable performance from stockholders
Client Fraud
theft by an economic client from an organization that advances credit to its clients or reimburses them for services rendered
Health Care Fraud
some dctors engage in fraud in obtaining patients and administering their treatment; federal law prohibits arrangments that tend to corrupt medical judgement and put the providers bottom line ahead of the patients well-being
Tax evasion
victim is the government that is cheated by one of its clients, the errant tax payer to whom it extended credit by allowing the tax payer to delay paying taxes on money he/she had already earned
Corporate Crime
powerful institutions or their representitives willfully violate the laws that restrain these institutions from doing social harm or require them to do social good
Illegal Restraint of Trade and Price Fixing
contract or conspiracy designed to stifle competition, create a monopoly, artificially maintain prices, or otherwise interfere with free market competition; Sherman Antitrust Act; Division of markets, tying arrangment, group boycott, price fixing
Deceptive Pricing
when contractors provide the government or other corporations with incomplete or misleading information on how much it will actually cost to fulfill the contracts on which they are bidding, or use mischarges once the contracts are signed
False Claims Advertising
knowlingly and purposely advertise a product as possesing qualities that the maufacturer realizes it doesn't have
Worker Safety/Environmental Crimes
Many different types of environmental crimes; major enforcement against environmental crimes in the EPA
White Collar Crime: Rationalization/Neutralization View
Rationalizations allow offenders' financial needs to be met without compromising their values; Neutralization- everyone else does it, not my fault or responsibility, no one is hurt except insurance companies, and they are wealthy
White-Collar Crime: Corporate Culture View
some business organizations promote white-collar criminality in the same way that lower-class culture encourages the development of gangs and street crime
White-Collar Crime: Self-Control View
Motives are the same as those that produce any other criminal behavior, low self-control, inclined to follow momentary impulses without considering the long-term costs of such behavior
Controlling White-Collar Crime
compliance strategies (rely on the threat of economic sanctions or civil penalties to control potential violators); detterence strategies (apprehending violators and punishing them rather than creating conditions that induce conformity to the law)
Information Technology
computer networking, the internet, and/or advanced communications; responsible for globalization
Cyber theft
use of computer networks for criminal profits
Cyber Crime challenge
1) rapidly evolving 2) difficult to detect through traditional law enforcement channels 3) its control demands that agents of the justice system develop technical skills that match those of the perpetrators
Computer Fraud
prosecuted under larceny or fraud
Denial-of-Service Attack
attempt to extort money from legitimate users of an internet service by threatening to prevent them from accessing the service; may involve threats of or actual flooding of an internet site with millions of bogus messages or orders so that the services will be tied up and unable to perform as promised
Illegal Copyright Infringment
warez (efforts of organized groups to download and sell copyrighted software in violation of its license); file sharing (programs that allow internet users to download music and other copyrighted material without paying the artists and record producers their rightful loyalties
Internet Securities Fraud
intentionally manipulate the securities marketplace for profit
Internet securities fraud 3 types
Market maipulation (individual tries to control the price of stock by interfering with the natural forces of supply and demand) Fraudulent offerings of securities (fraudulently sell securities) Illegal touting (make securities recommendations and fail to disclose that they are being paid to disseminate their favorable postions
E-tailing Fraud
illegally buying or selling merchandise on the net; failure to deliver on promised purchases or services, while others involve the substitution of cheaper or used material for higher-quality purchases
Identity theft
when a person uses the internet to steal someone's indentity and/or impersonate the victim to open a new credit card account or conduct some other financial transaction
Phishing
identity thieves create false emails and/or websites that look legitimate but are designed to gain illegal access to a victims personal information
Cyber Crime and Law Enforcment Agencies
fed gov is now operating a number of organizations to control cyber fraud
Characteristics of Organized Crime
conspirational activity involving the coordination of numerous people in the planning and execution of illegal acts or in the pursuit of a legitimate objective by unlawful means, economic gain as its primary goal, although power and status may also be motivating factors, not limited to providing illicit services, employs predatory tactics, by experience, custom and practice, organized crime's conspirational groups are usually very quick and effective in controlling and disciplining their members, associates, and victims
Activities of organized crime
providing illicit materials and using force to enter into and maximize profits in ligitimate businesses. Also narcotics distribution, loan shrking, prostitution, gambling, theft rings, ****, and other illegal enterprises, stock market manipulation
Organized Crime: alien conspiracy theory
organized crime is a direct offshoot of criminal society (mafia)
Contemporary organized crime groups
eastern european (scene of massive buildup of crime since the fall of the soviet union, prey upon women in the poorest areas of europe and sell them into virtual sexual slavery)
Controlling organized crime
Interstate and foriegn travel or transportation in aid or racketeering enterprises act, racketeer influenced and corrupt organization act (did not create new categories of crimes but rather new catagories of offenses in racketeering activity, which it defined as involvement in two r more acts prohibited by 24 existing federal and 8 state stautues), enterprise theory of investigation (focus is on criminal enterprise and investigation attacks on the structure of the criminal enterprise rather than on criminal acts viewed as isolated incidents)
Future of Organized Crime
Groups have lost political and social base of operations