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NCJ Number: 160673 Find in a Library
Title: Saving the Savings and Loans? U.S. Government Response to Financial Crime (From Corporate Crime: Contemporary Debates, P 199-213, 1995, Frank Pearce and Laureen Snider, eds. - See NCJ- 160666)
Author(s): K Calavita; H N Pontell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This analysis of the Federal Government's responses to savings and loan fraud in the 1980's focuses on the causes and ramifications of the varied illegalities, the relatively punitive response compared to that for other corporate crimes, and the systemic inadequacies that ultimately hindered the government's efforts.
Abstract: The explanation for the massive investigative and prosecutorial efforts related to the savings and loan situation lies in the distinctions among different types of white collar crime, according to the relationship between those offenses and the broader economic system. The reaction to financial fraud is likely to be more rigorous than for other types of corporate crime, motivated by the end to preserve the economic system itself. The perceived inadequacy of the response resulted largely from the complexity and almost unlimited volume of potential cases and the resulting necessity for a kind of investigatory and prosecutorial triage. The savings and loan example illustrates the practical limitations of wholesale adoption of criminalization regardless of its symbolic and egalitarian benefits, if anything close to full enforcement is envisaged. Notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Bank fraud; Corporate crimes; Corporate criminal liability; Federal regulations; Fraud investigations; Regulations compliance
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