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Master of Arts (MA)
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Red-collar crime is an understudied phenomenon that occurs when white-collar crime turns into physical violence and/or death (also known as fraud-detection homicide). Frank S. Perri, coined the term red-collar crime following his study of 27 homicides that occurred at the same time as or before the deadly white-collar criminal occurrences. This study explores the generalizability and practicality of this definition as applied to a new set of cases. Using a case study analysis of six cases this study analyzed the behavioral characteristics of these offenders meeting Perri's definition; Characteristics such as entitlement, lack of empathy, power orientation, rationalizations, exploitations, and a general disregard for rules and social norms were all found in this sample in alignment with Perri’s theorized matrix. This study affirms the similarity of red-collar offender behavior to street-level criminals suggested by Perri. Practical considerations and suggestions for future research are provided.
MacDonald, Kortni, "Red-Collar Crime: The Field Re-Examined" (2022). CUNY Academic Works.