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English definition of “white-collar crime”

white-collar crime

noun [C or U]
 
 
LAW, WORKPLACE
crime in which an office worker or someone in business illegally takes money from their employer or the people they deal with in their business: A state employee was charged with the white-collar crime of taking bribes to steer lucrative contracts to favored companies. He spent 16 years trying cases involving bank fraud, mortgage fraud, investment fraud and other white-collar crimes.
(Definition of white-collar crime from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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