As an average person, you don't think about committing white collar crimes. You think that they're crimes that only get committed by the chief executive officers (CEOs) of major corporations, accountants with access to funds or others with more to lose.
White collar crimes are generally nonviolent offenses motivated by the hope for financial gain. Someone who commits a white collar crime wants to get money with no risk of loss. These crimes, particularly fraud and insider trading, often take place among those who work in corporate positions and in the business world.
White collar crimes happen all the time, and sometimes they happen on a very grand scale. When the people or organizations that committed these large-scale crimes get caught, the case tends to get featured across all the national news networks. In the text that follows, we'll examine three such high-profile white-collar crime cases that were very big news in the not-so-distant past: