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Meaning of “white-collar crime” in the English Dictionary

"white-collar crime" in Business English

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white-collar crimenoun [C or U]

uk   us   LAW, WORKPLACE
crime in which an ​officeworker or someone in ​businessillegallytakesmoney from their ​employer or the ​people they ​deal with in their ​business: A ​stateemployee was ​charged with the ​white-collarcrime of taking ​bribes to ​steerlucrativecontracts to favored ​companies. He ​spent 16 ​yearstryingcases involving ​bankfraud, ​mortgagefraud, ​investmentfraud and other ​white-collarcrimes.
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