Some crimes by their very names can conjure images of the type of person who commits them. Crimes such as assault, strong-arm robbery, or burglary may bring to mind a rough sort of individual. Another type of crime, though, may produce a different kind of mental image: "white-collar crime."
When we hear the term white-collar crime, we may think of a business executive wearing a business suit planning some sort of arcane scheme involving complex and little understood corporate financial matters, like money laundering or insider-trading. But is this understanding entirely accurate? While these examples do indeed represent types of white-collar crime, the term itself includes many different kinds of the illegal activity.