Violent White-Collar Crime

15 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2014 Last revised: 1 Jul 2015

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Andrew Verstein

Wake Forest University School of Law

Date Written: November 30, 2014


It is orthodox to divide the universe of crimes according to their violence. There are violent crimes, prototypically street crimes. And there are nonviolent crimes of fraud, prototypically white-collar crimes. Although the implications of this distinction are controversial, the distinction itself is not controversial. This Essay challenges this universal dichotomy by offering an account of violence that admits many crimes of deception. That is, properly understood, violence can be found in the fraudulent foreclosure, the embezzlement, and the forged check.

Note: This Essay was prepared in connection with 2014 Wake Forest Law Review Spring Colloquium: “The Law as Violence: An Interdisciplinary Conversation.”

Keywords: White-Collar, Crime, Violent

Suggested Citation

Verstein, Andrew, Violent White-Collar Crime (November 30, 2014). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 49, pp. 873-887, 2014; Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper No. 2532244. Available at SSRN:

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