eBook White-Collar and Corporate Crime: A Documentary and Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Gilbert Geis University of California
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  • ISBN-10: 0313380554
  • ISBN-13: 9780313380556
  • DDC: 364.16
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 242 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released January 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012
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From Gilded Age railroad scandals to the muckraking period and from the savings and loan debacle to corporate fallout during the recent economic meltdown, some individuals and companies have chosen to take the low road to achieve "the American dream." While these offenders throughout modern history may have lacked ethics, morals, or good judgment, they certainly were not wanting in terms of creativity.WHITE-COLLAR AND CORPORATE CRIME: A DOCUMENTARY AND REFERENCE GUIDE traces the fascinating history of white-collar and corporate criminal behavior from the 1800s through the 2010 passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform measure. Author Gilbert Geis scrutinizes more than a century of episodes involving corporate corruption and other self-serving behaviors that violate antitrust laws, bribery statutes, and fraud laws. The various attempts made by authorities to rein in greed and the methods employed by wrongdoers to evade these controls are also discussed and evaluated.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Reader's Guide to Related Documents and Sidebars.
1: What is White-Collar and Corporate Crime?.
2: White-Collar Crime Violates Trust and Therefore Creates Distrust.
3: The New York Times Reports Sutherland's Address.
4: Defining White-Collar Crime in Legal Terms.
5: The Yale Law School Studies of White-Collar Crime.
6: The Doctrine of Corporate Criminal Liability.
7: The Ford Pinto Case.
8: Corporations and the Constitution.
9: The Robber Barons.
10: Who Were The Robber Barons?.
11: The California Culprits.
12: Jay Gould and the Erie Railroad.
13: Cornelius Vanderbilt.
14: Daniel Drew.
15: J. Pierpont Morgan—Part I.
16: Morgan and the Hall Carbine Scandal.
17: The Muckrakers.
18: The Mission of McClure's Magazine.
19: Ida Tarbell.
20: Lincoln Steffens.
21: Frank Norris.
22: Upton Sinclair.
23: Jacob Riis.
24: Antitrust Crimes.
25: The Sherman Antitrust Act (1890).
26: Clipping the Wings of Standard Oil.
27: John D. Rockefeller.
28: The Heavy Electrical Equipment Antitrust Case.
29: Microsoft Charged with Sherman Act Violations.
30: Major Scandals and Scams: 1864–1993.
31: The Crédit Mobilier.
32: Charles Ponzi.
33: Ivar Kreuger.
34: Richard Whitney.
35: McKesson & Robbins, Inc..
36: Robert Vesco.
37: The Savings and Loan Debacle.
38: Insider Trading and Related Crimes.
39: The Law of Insider Trading.
40: Ivan Boesky.
41: Michael Milken.
42: Dennis Levine.
43: Martha Stewart.
44: New Vigilance against Insider Trading.
45: Government White-Collar Crimes.
46: Watergate: Burglary and Cover-Up.
47: Abscam.
48: Extraordinary Rendition.
49: White-Collar Crime in The Professions.
50: White-Collar Crime in Medicine.
51: Physician Fraud against Medical Insurance Programs.
52: White-Collar Crime by Attorneys.
53: Corrupt Politicians and Other Criminal Officials.
54: Corruption on the International Scene.
55: Environmental and Consumer Crimes.
56: The Unlovely Story of Love Canal.
57: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
58: Clean Water, Resource Conservation, and Clean Air.
59: Ralph Nader.
60: Tainted Tylenol.
61: The Enron Decade of Corporate Debacles.
62: Enron.
63: Sherron Watkins.
64: Arthur Andersen.
65: Adelphia Communications Corporation.
66: Sarbanes-Oxley.
67: HealthSouth.
68: Tyco International.
69: WorldCom.
70: Outdoing Ponzi: Bernie Madoff, R. Allen Stanford, and Boss Jezda.
71: Bernard Madoff's Ponzi Scheme.
72: Harry Markopolos, Madoff's Nemesis.
73: Stanford Investment Bank.
74: Boss Jezda (Jezdimir Vasiljevic).
75: The Great Economic Meltdown: 2007–2009.
76: Bank of America.
77: Bear Stearns.
78: Countrywide Financial.
79: American International Group.
80: Lehman Brothers.
81: Goldman Sachs.
82: Doing Something About It.
83: A Satirical Jab at White-Collar Crime Enforcement.
84: Testimony to a Senate Committee on the Meltdown.
85: The Financial Reform Law of 2010.
Selected Resources: Bibliography.
About the Author.