Maybe you have never even considered breaking into a car to steal valuables or swipe a phone someone left at an Arkansas restaurant. That does not necessarily mean you have never considered white-collar crimes such as embezzlement and money laundering.
Forbes took a look at some of the prevalent reasons for white-collar crimes. Understand the potential reasons for your compulsions before you act on them and risk running afoul of the law.
Perhaps your company’s management team shrugs off underhanded efforts to earn profits or get ahead of the competition. Your managers may even strongly suggest illegal acts if it means gaining the advantage. In such a work environment, employees may feel tempted to see how much they can get away with in terms of bending (or outright breaking) the law.
Inadequate employee compensation
Rather than qualifying for job incentives or bonuses through legal means, some employers implement incentive plans that rely on illegal means and ill-gotten gains as ways to inspire employees. With seemingly no other way to earn a better living, workers may feel they have no choice but to participate.
It is not common to see victims’ faces with most white-collar crime. Instead, such crimes are often committed via a computer or computer software, which often does not involve looking a person in the eye. Some white-collar criminals may instead steal from the company rather than customers or clients, which can make them feel as if they are getting one over “The Man.” With either scenario, not seeing the individuals directly impacted by a white-collar crime can make it easier to commit one.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.