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Fraud detection suicide: the dark side of white-collar crime

Richard G. Brody (Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
Frank S. Perri (DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 3 October 2016




The purpose of this paper is to explore the issue of suicide, a violent act against one’s self, as it relates to white- and red-collar crimes. White-collar crime can be described as nonviolent crime committed for financial gain. Red-collar crime describes a situation where a white-collar criminal commits an act of violence, often murder, to silence someone who is in a position to report a fraud they have perpetrated. Previous research has not addressed the issue of suicide, as it relates to white- and red-collar crime.


The analysis is conceptual, focusing on the historical underpinnings of white- and red-collar crime and reviewing the evolution of white-collar criminals. Sources of information consisted of published news media, scholarly articles and articles retrieved from the web.


A suicide may be linked, directly or indirectly, to a financial crime. Law enforcement must be careful not to jump to conclusions, as there is a possibility that a staged suicide has occurred.


Law enforcement individuals may want to consider an additional motive when investigating a suicide, especially when the victim has some type of connection to a known fraud. This type of connection may not be readily apparent and may require a new approach on the part of a law enforcement investigation.



Brody, R.G. and Perri, F.S. (2016), "Fraud detection suicide: the dark side of white-collar crime", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 786-797.



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