White Collar Crime

How to Identify a Fraudster: Beware of the White-Collar Criminal, Turned Red-Collar Criminal

By Kim Miller, MSCJ, CFE, faculty member at American Military University

The term “white-collar crime” is derived from the assumption that business executives, wearing white shirts and ties, commit crimes. This term also theoretically distinguishes these types of crimes and criminals from those who commit physical crimes, which are supposedly more likely to be committed by “blue-collar criminals” (Miller, 2014).…

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Stop Hate Crimes

Extremist Groups in the U.S: Exposing the Hate

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin founded the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in 1971. The SPLC is an organization dedicated to exposing and combating radical extremism, hate, and bigotry while seeking justice for the most vulnerable citizens in our society (SPLC, 2014). The SPLC works …

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Prison Tax Fraud

Inmates Bank Big Money Through Tax Refund Fraud

By Rob Stallworth

Several years ago I noticed more and more commercials on TV and radio promising to “get the maximum refund possible” from your tax returns. Apparently a number of offenders in prison heard the same commercials because in recent years inmate tax refund fraud has skyrocketed!

Last year alone, the IRS caught and stopped more than $1.7 billion

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The Fight Against Organized Crime: RICO Stands the Test of Time

By Michael Beshears, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

The Racketeer-Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was enacted in 1970, as Title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act. This legislation sought nothing less than the eradication of organized crime in the United States.

RICO opened the doors for prosecutors, allowing them to paint a more complete …

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FBI Responds to Local Agency Training Requests Through INLETS Program

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it became apparent that all levels of law enforcement needed to be involved in the fight against terrorism.

“With many federal law enforcement agencies focused on investigating terrorist threats from overseas, state and local law enforcement personnel continue to play an ever-increasing role in combating terrorism,” said …

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Emotional Intelligence

Managing Law Enforcement Stress Through Emotional Intelligence

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Law enforcement emotional intelligence is defined as the ability of the officer to manage and use his/her emotions in a positive and constructive way, and to manage healthy relationships within the department and within other supporting agencies in the criminal justice system (Allam, 2011; Dumbrava, 2011).

Officers who …

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woman sitting in jail

Tips for Identifying Suspected Victims of Human Trafficking

By John Meekins

The term “human trafficking” makes headlines every day, but those headlines often miss the point of a truly sordid story of women locked into lives for which there is no end—often because law enforcement and corrections officials do not recognize the true situation.

Many times officers assume that someone busted for prostitution is just another drug-addicted hooker, …

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