White collar crime defined | CRJ 512 Criminological Theory | Ashford University


In Chapter 12 of the primary text, Siegel (2015) defines white collar crime and describes the profile of the typical white collar offender. In your initial response to this week’s discussion, define white collar crime and economic crime in your own words, and describe the typical white collar crime offender. In addition, also define what is enterprise crime in your own words. Discuss the aforementioned using terms associated with the study of crime and criminology. In addition, also discuss the challenges addressing white collar crime.

Your initial post should be at least 300 words in length. Support your contentions with citations from the text and/or other scholarly sources. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.




Siegel, L. J. (2015). Criminology: The core (5th ed.). Retrieved from https://redshelf.com/

  • Chapter 12: Economic Crimes: Blue-Collar, White Collar, and Green-Collar

Recommended Resources


Schmalleger, F. J. (2012). Criminology today: An integrative introduction (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

  • Chapter 11: White-Collar and Organized Crime
    • This chapter focuses on the different forms of white collar crime, and the characteristics of the white collar criminal.


JMC RSA. (2017, May 11). Bernie Madoff – Scamming of America (FULL) documentary (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO4CIPuaTJ4

  • This video is a documentary that discusses Bernie Madoff and the largest Ponzi scheme in history. It discusses a prominent example of white color crime in America may assist you in this week’s assignment, “White Collar Crime and America.”