Prosecution and Punishment of White-Collar Crime

Prosecution and Punishment of White-Collar Crime
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3 Credits


While white-collar crime continues to rise in complexity with harder to detect schemes, holding the fraudsters accountable for these financially devastating crimes has reached an all-time low. In this course, you will learn about the civil and criminal legal process and the fundamental flaws that arise from inconsistent application of punishment among those found guilty of fraud.

Key Takeaways:

  • Differences between a civil proceeding and a criminal prosecution for individuals and organizations charged with committing fraudulent acts
  • Outcomes of fraud perpetrators after their sentence has been served
  • How punishment is applied differently, and at varying degrees, for white-collar criminals compared to other offenders
  • The implications of misaligned consequences and how they can create environments conducive to fraud



You Will Learn How To:

Recognize common characteristics of organizations and individuals who have committed fraud

Differentiate between civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions in white-collar cases

Identify methods commonly used to punish white-collar criminals

Discern nonlegal consequences that perpetrators face after their frauds are discovered

Compare punishment of white-collar criminals with other criminal offenders

Table of Contents

Part I Understanding White-Collar Crime
Lesson 1 Defining White-Collar Crime
Lesson 2 Offender Characteristics
Lesson 3 Organizational Characteristics
Part II The Judicial Process
Lesson 4 The Legal System
Lesson 5 Civil Judicial Process for White-Collar Cases
Lesson 6 Criminal Judicial Process for White-Collar Cases
Part III Punishing White-Collar Crime
Lesson 7 Civil Punishment
Lesson 8 Criminal Punishment
Lesson 9 Nonlegal Consequences
Part IV The Future of White-Collar Crime
Lesson 10 The History of White-Collar Crime Prosecution and Punishment
Lesson 11 Current Prosecution and Punishment Trends
Lesson 12 Prosecuting and Punishing Fraud in the Future

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 3
NASBA Information: Business Law
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: April 2021
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
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