Fraud 101

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Like many who commit crime, the white collar criminal blends appropriately into their environment. They dress well, hold an impressive set of credentials, dazzle with a sophisticated charm, pair wine varieties like a seasoned sommelier and they do a good job. And beneath this oft referred to ‘mask of sanity’ is an indifferent and calculated predator, sometimes more kindly called a ‘con artist’ or a ‘fraudster’.

White collar crime is non-violent crime that is committed by someone, typically for financial gain. The typical white-collar criminal is an office worker, business manager, fund manager or executive. Fraud is defined as involving intentional acts and as perpetrated by the individual using deception, trickery, and cunning that can be broadly classified as comprising two types of misrepresentations: suggestion of falsehood and suppression of truth.

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