White-collar crimes

A doctrinal term which is used to designate the crimes committed by economically and socially well-situated persons, symbolised by the white collars of the shirts. Usually these crimes are connected with money, e.g. fraud, bribery, money laundering, embezzlement.

White-collar crimes are often distinguished from “blue-collar crimes”, which are the crimes committed by individuals from a lower social class. The name originates from America, where during the 1910s through to the 1920s manual labourers often opted for blue shirts, so that stains gained from days at work were less visible.

Przestępczość „białych kołnierzyków”