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The role of private sector organizations in the control and policing of serious financial crime and abuse

James F. Gilsinan (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)
James Millar (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA)
Neil Seitz (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)
James Fisher (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Ellen Harshman (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Muhammad Islam (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)
Fred Yeager (Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri, USA)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 9 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

While the “Information Age” has provided the technological tools to “democratize” data and make it widely available to a vast audience of knowledge consumers, ironically it has also provided the materials for a tapestry of rules, regulations and processes that make it more difficult for individuals to access information relevant to both their public and private lives. The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of the private sector in the control and policing of financial crime, and provide an empirical and theoretical framework for understanding the complex tensions created by the simultaneous expansion of both data sources and technologies to collect and format data to create marketable information “products.”

Design/methodology/approach

Three primary methods were used to gather the data for this research. Extensive literature reviews were conducted together with an analysis of existing data bases. Finally, a number of interviews were done with various corporate managers to ascertain their views of the existing climate of regulation and/or to determine their approach to monitoring financial crime.

Findings

Regarding the private sector's role in the control of financial crime, this research found five distinct roles; each with its own dynamics and implications for successful suppression of unlawful conduct. The five roles are grudging informant, enthusiastic intelligence operative, agent provocateur, cop on the take, and officer friendly. A calculus of incentives and disincentives determines which role will be adopted by the private sector.

Originality/value

Since this paper was exploratory in nature, resulting in a new taxonomy of compliance types, more in depth research ascertaining the empirical validity of each type would be in order. Such knowledge can help policy makers formulate rules and regulations that will enhance public/private partnerships in the control of financial crime.

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Citation

Gilsinan, J.F., Millar, J., Seitz, N., Fisher, J., Harshman, E., Islam, M. and Yeager, F. (2008), "The role of private sector organizations in the control and policing of serious financial crime and abuse", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 111-123. https://doi.org/10.1108/13590790810866854

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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