Chris and Alison Weston (A)

Posted: 2 Feb 2012

See all articles by Sandra J. Sucher

Sandra J. Sucher

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Celia Moore

Imperial College Business School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Date Written: October 20, 2011


Chris and Alison Weston describe how they, a well-educated middle class couple, ended up committing mail fraud, for which they each served a year and a half in federal prison. The case highlights for students how otherwise upstanding individuals much like themselves can commit crimes without being truly aware that they are doing it.

Learning Objective: Prepare students to make ethically charged decisions by exploring moral disengagement, a process that enables Individuals to engage in negative behaviors, from small misdeeds to great atrocities, without believing they are causing harm or doing wrong.

Suggested Citation

Sucher, Sandra J. and Moore, Celia, Chris and Alison Weston (A) (October 20, 2011). Harvard Business School Technology & Operations Mgt. Unit Case No. 612-019. Available at SSRN:

Sandra J. Sucher (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 479
Boston, MA 02163
United States

Celia Moore

Imperial College Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London, Greater London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics ( email )

124 Mount Auburn Street
Suite 520N
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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