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What is white-collar crime?

Region: Ontario Answer # 7600

White-collar crime refers to non-violent crimes where the primary motive is typically financial in nature, committed by individuals or organizations in the course of their business or professional activities.

Common types of white-collar crime

  • Money laundering
  • Insider trading
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Tax evasion
  • Fraud, including
    • Corporate fraud
    • Healthcare fraud
    • Investment fraud
    • Tax fraud
    • Intellectual property fraud
    • Securities fraud
    • Insurance fraud
  • Financial scams, including
    • Pyramid schemes
    • Ponzi schemes
    • Cryptocurrency scams
  • Environmental crimes
  • Cybercrime, including
    • Identity theft
    • Ransomware attacks
    • Phishing
    • Hacking

Offenders can face significant fines, imprisonment, or both. The Criminal Code provides a framework for determining the appropriate penalties based on the severity of the offence.

View other Answers for more information on specific white-collar crime offences and penalties.

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