Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Acts That Constitute White Collar Crimes in Colorado

Referring to crimes committed by persons of respectability and high social status through their occupation, one of the most influential criminologists of the 20th century, Edwin Sutherland, coined the phrase “white collar crime” in 1939. The name came from the fact that these criminals characteristically wore suits rather than the blue-collared shirts of industrial workers.

Today, white-collar crime is usually financially motivated, nonviolent, and committed by business and government professionals – but you don’t need to wear a suit or a white collar to be charged. [..]