History Main / WhiteCollarCrime

1st Jan '16 3:38:00 AM erforce
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Embezzlement. Corporate espionage. [[OfficeSpace Violence against copy machines]]. These are all white collar crimes, the sort executed by the White Collar Worker. They tend to be non-violent and money-driven. The Enron scandal in Real Life raised awareness about these sort of criminals. If the perpetrators are caught, fiction will often portray them as going to a LuxuryPrisonSuite. How often this happens in RealLife (and to what degree) varies.
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Embezzlement. Corporate espionage. [[OfficeSpace [[Film/OfficeSpace Violence against copy machines]]. These are all white collar crimes, the sort executed by the White Collar Worker. They tend to be non-violent and money-driven. The Enron scandal in Real Life raised awareness about these sort of criminals. If the perpetrators are caught, fiction will often portray them as going to a LuxuryPrisonSuite. How often this happens in RealLife (and to what degree) varies.
3rd Aug '15 10:21:01 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell, Warren White is on trial for a massive investment scheme. He gets his trial transferred to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]] for an easier insanity defense, which was probably the biggest mistake of his life.
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* In ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell, ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell'', Warren White is on trial for a massive investment scheme. He gets his trial transferred to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham]] for an easier insanity defense, which was probably the biggest mistake of his life.

* One of the XWingSeries novels has Wraith Squadron pretending to be the crew of a warship touring planets aligned with Warlord Zsinj; they killed the captain and will later start [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] him with [[OfCorpseHesAlive the help]] of his full-holo CaptainsLog, but in this particular instance a planetary governor wants to talk to the captain. Improvising, Face pretends to be a lieutenant and says that the captain is [[BlatantLies in the bath, dictating his memoirs]]. He has to budget his time; he's not some planetary governor who can skim taxes with one hand and pick his nose with the other! (It helps that the late captain was a massive narcissist who dictated his personal log in full holo--the equivalent of recording a video journal using a cinema-quality camera--so him dictating his memoirs in the bath was almost plausible.) * Chapter 21 of ''ThePaleKing'' is a conversation between an IRS auditor and a businessman trying to falsify his tax report. He is given two options: jail, or filing a new report with the correct information and paying the late fees.
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* One of the XWingSeries ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' novels has Wraith Squadron pretending to be the crew of a warship touring planets aligned with Warlord Zsinj; they killed the captain and will later start [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] him with [[OfCorpseHesAlive the help]] of his full-holo CaptainsLog, but in this particular instance a planetary governor wants to talk to the captain. Improvising, Face pretends to be a lieutenant and says that the captain is [[BlatantLies in the bath, dictating his memoirs]]. He has to budget his time; he's not some planetary governor who can skim taxes with one hand and pick his nose with the other! (It helps that the late captain was a massive narcissist who dictated his personal log in full holo--the equivalent of recording a video journal using a cinema-quality camera--so him dictating his memoirs in the bath was almost plausible.) * Chapter 21 of ''ThePaleKing'' ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' is a conversation between an IRS auditor and a businessman trying to falsify his tax report. He is given two options: jail, or filing a new report with the correct information and paying the late fees.

* On ''BrothersAndSisters'', William Walker embezzled his company's pension plan in order to buy a plot of land in the desert. Because the Army wanted the land, the Walker children were able to sell it to them at a profit before anyone noticed the money was gone.
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* On ''BrothersAndSisters'', ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'', William Walker embezzled his company's pension plan in order to buy a plot of land in the desert. Because the Army wanted the land, the Walker children were able to sell it to them at a profit before anyone noticed the money was gone.

* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name suggests,]] ''WhiteCollar'' is about a BoxedCrook brought in by the FBI to investigate this sort of crime.
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* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name suggests,]] ''WhiteCollar'' ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is about a BoxedCrook brought in by the FBI to investigate this sort of crime.

* This sets off the plot to ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline's father is arrested for running a {{Ponzi}} Scheme.
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* This sets off the plot to ''TwoBrokeGirls'': ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline's father is arrested for running a {{Ponzi}} Scheme.

* The Corporations in ''{{Shadowrun}}'' engage in a variety of hiring shadowrunners to do their dirty deeds ranging from small things like stealing the lunch orders of the rival's corporate meeting to ordering the murder of a rival CEO.
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* The Corporations in ''{{Shadowrun}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' engage in a variety of hiring shadowrunners to do their dirty deeds ranging from small things like stealing the lunch orders of the rival's corporate meeting to ordering the murder of a rival CEO.

* This is the main motivation of ''CaptainPlanet'' villian Luten Plunder. * In ''TheSimpsons'', Sideshow Bob is convicted of voter fraud for fixing the mayoral election - and is sentenced to Springwood Minimum Security Prison and joins the prison rowing team to race against Princeton.
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* This is the main motivation of ''CaptainPlanet'' ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' villian Luten Plunder. * In ''TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Sideshow Bob is convicted of voter fraud for fixing the mayoral election - and is sentenced to Springwood Minimum Security Prison and joins the prison rowing team to race against Princeton.
28th Apr '15 3:14:03 PM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''{{Burn Notice}}'', Michael pretends to join a group of executives planning a robbery, assuming they're going to steal some funds over the computer. Completely averted when they instead take a dozen hostages and plan on forcing a millionaire to transfer his money at gunpoint.
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* In one episode of ''{{Burn ''Series/{{Burn Notice}}'', Michael pretends to join a group of executives planning a robbery, assuming they're going to steal some funds over the computer. Completely averted when they instead take a dozen hostages and plan on forcing a millionaire to transfer his money at gunpoint.
22nd Apr '15 4:18:52 PM kazokuhouou
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* Related to the above, the actions of the Duke brothers in ''Film/TradingPlaces'' (using inside information to try and corner the orange juice market) were unethical and deceptive, but, at the time, not illegal in the commodity market. (In fact, the movie was cited when they finally made it illegal.)
27th Mar '15 12:39:49 PM Anorgil
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* ''Film/EnronTheSmartestGuysInTheRoom'' was largely about this trope.
19th Feb '15 9:40:36 PM jormis29
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The supertrope of StealingFromTheTill.
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The supertrope of StealingFromTheTill. StealingFromTheTill and {{Ponzi}}.

* This sets off the plot to ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline's father is arrested for running a Ponzi Scheme. * On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' most of the characters are straight up blue collar bootleggers and/or gangsters but Nucky Thompson started out as a crooked politician and is not adverse to some white collar crime like crooked land deals. Gangster Arnold Rothstein falls victim to a real estate company running a pump-and-dump scheme and plans to revenge by running a reverse scam on them. One of Nucky's associates was ruined when he invested in the original Ponzi Scheme.
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* This sets off the plot to ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline's father is arrested for running a Ponzi {{Ponzi}} Scheme. * On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' most of the characters are straight up blue collar bootleggers and/or gangsters but Nucky Thompson started out as a crooked politician and is not adverse to some white collar crime like crooked land deals. Gangster Arnold Rothstein falls victim to a real estate company running a pump-and-dump scheme and plans to revenge by running a reverse scam on them. One of Nucky's associates was ruined when he invested in the original Ponzi {{Ponzi}} Scheme.

* Bernie Madoff ran a decades-long Ponzi scheme that defrauded 4,800 people and organizations (including charities and hospitals) of nearly $65 Billion. At least three suicides have been attributed to his crime, including his son's.
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* Bernie Madoff ran a decades-long Ponzi {{Ponzi}} scheme that defrauded 4,800 people and organizations (including charities and hospitals) of nearly $65 Billion. At least three suicides have been attributed to his crime, including his son's.
5th Jan '15 2:34:58 PM PaladinPhoenix
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** Insider trading itself is a complicated (yet oddly simple) crime: if you trade on a stock ''knowing'' what the stock is going to do, then you're guilty[[labelnote:*]]If you know, for example, that a company is about to get hit with a huge lawsuit before the lawsuit is public knowledge, and short-sell the company to cash in, you've committed a crime[[/labelnote]]. The thing that makes it complicated, however, is that ''proving'' prior knowledge is difficult at best; without written records or witness testimony, it is almost impossible, in fact. The Securities and Exchange Commission ''will'' prosecute to the full extent of the law, though.
11th Dec '14 12:56:29 PM MarsJenkar
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* One of the XWingSeries novels has Wraith Squadron pretending to be the crew of a warship touring planets aligned with Warlord Zsinj; they killed the captain and will later start [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] him with [[OfCorpseHesAlive the help]] of his full-holo CaptainsLog, but in this particular instance a planetary governor wants to talk to the captain. Improvising, Face pretends to be a lieutenant and says that the captain is [[BlatantLies in the bath, dictating his memoirs]]. He has to budget his time; he's not some planetary governor who can skim taxes with one hand and pick his nose with the other!
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* One of the XWingSeries novels has Wraith Squadron pretending to be the crew of a warship touring planets aligned with Warlord Zsinj; they killed the captain and will later start [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] him with [[OfCorpseHesAlive the help]] of his full-holo CaptainsLog, but in this particular instance a planetary governor wants to talk to the captain. Improvising, Face pretends to be a lieutenant and says that the captain is [[BlatantLies in the bath, dictating his memoirs]]. He has to budget his time; he's not some planetary governor who can skim taxes with one hand and pick his nose with the other!other! (It helps that the late captain was a massive narcissist who dictated his personal log in full holo--the equivalent of recording a video journal using a cinema-quality camera--so him dictating his memoirs in the bath was almost plausible.)
3rd Jun '14 8:34:57 AM nielas
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* On ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' most of the characters are straight up blue collar bootleggers and/or gangsters but Nucky Thompson started out as a crooked politician and is not adverse to some white collar crime like crooked land deals. Gangster Arnold Rothstein falls victim to a real estate company running a pump-and-dump scheme and plans to revenge by running a reverse scam on them. One of Nucky's associates was ruined when he invested in the original Ponzi Scheme.
21st Apr '14 11:57:35 PM Lakija
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