The Goals of White-Collar Crime: Profit And Political Power Money is not the only motive for engaging in white-collar crime. Often political power is the goal . In the 1950s and 1960s, when the FBI illegally broke into offices of left-wing political organizations , enhancing power was the objective, not money (see Coleman and Cressey, 1984:416). The entire Watergate affair was oriented toward enhancing power. Murder By Neglect White-collar crime can describe situations where companies or individuals knowingly use substandard building material, market untested drugs, or knowingly (and illegally) pollute the environment. Neglect of worker safety requirements may also be considered white-collar crime. Every year in the U.S. between 120,000 and 200,000 people die from work related illness and 14,000 die from on-the-job accidents (Charon, 1986:334). Many occupational deaths are a result of organizational negligence. Chemical companies, coal mines, and asbestos operations represent organizations that
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