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100 Years of White Collar Crime in 'Twitter'

25 Pages Posted: 29 May 2011  

Ellen S. Podgor

Stetson University College of Law

Date Written: May 25, 2011


Despite the fact that Twitter did not exist when the term “white collar crime” was coined in 1939, it is an interesting exercise to highlight the last 100 years of white collar criminal activity using “tweets.” In so doing, this Essay tries to capture some of the key events that have been prominent in the white collar world.

This Essay first examines corporate criminal liability, looks next at individual liability, and then discusses key statutes and crimes that have been used in the prosecution of white collar criminal activity. In this regard, mail fraud, RICO, and perjury are examined. Sentencing issues and how they have influenced the treatment of white collar crime are tweeted. The ultimate goal of this fictional presentation is to demonstrate a historical overview of white collar crime happenings and is so doing evaluate its progression over time.

Keywords: white collar crime, corporate criminal liability, RICO, mail fraud, perjury, federal sentencing, Twitter

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Podgor, Ellen S., 100 Years of White Collar Crime in 'Twitter' (May 25, 2011). Review of Litigation, Vol. 30, No. 3, p. 533, 2011; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2011-09. Available at SSRN:

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