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White Collar Crime

Corporate Criminals Cheat Because They Don't Fear Jail Time. That Must Change. Now.

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

When is someone at General Motors going to go to prison for the lives lost thanks to their cheating? Or Toyota? And although we may not be able to count the bodies today, we know that Volkswagen's cheating harms the environment, and that the dirtier air for which they are responsible will cut lives short.

Bernie Sanders: 'Not Acceptable' To Jail Young Pot Smokers And Let Big Bank CEOs Walk

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders isn't terribly impressed with a new Department of Justice pledge to get serious about wh...

DOJ Swears It Will Get Tough On The Next Wall Street Crash

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice is finally drawing the curtain on what may be its defining project of the Obama era: the refusal to prosecute...

Justice Department To Hold More Individuals Accountable For White-Collar Crime

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics

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Dana Liebelson

Why Nobody Is Really Happy With New Guidelines For Punishing White-Collar Criminals | Dana Liebelson | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal panel voted earlier this month to amend the guidelines that federal judges use when sentencing people who commit economic crim...

Half as Much Is Sometimes Twice as Good

Satinder Dhillon | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Satinder Dhillon

Being taught respect, honor and working hard in the fields at a young age, were perhaps some of the best times of our lives, because we learned what integrity, and keeping your word meant.

Long Way Down a Talk With Michael Sears

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Long Way Down, the third in the series, Jason has spent time in prison for financial crimes. Working as an undercover troubleshooter for a private investment bank, he is assigned the task of getting to the bottom of insider trading allegations.

America Should Send More People to Prison

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

You know the statistic. We incarcerate a higher proportion of the population than any other country does. Hundreds of thousands of young, now aging, men, are doing hard time for possession of small amounts of drugs. More and more people find themselves in jail because they got caught with bench warrants for their arrest for exorbitant fines they could not afford to pay. More than a century after debtors prisons were abolished, thousands are again behind bars because of debts. But one category of felon is free on the street. I refer, of course, to corporate criminals. Consider the case of a checkout clerk at Walmart who puts her hands in the till and walks off with a couple of hundred bucks of the company's money. That clerk could expect to face prosecution and jail. Now consider her boss, who cheats her of hundreds of dollars of pay by failing to accurately record the time she clocked in, or the overtime she worked.

Stocking Stuffers for Criminal Corporations: 2014 Was the Year of Billion-Dollar Settlement Deals With Perks

Michelle Surka | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Michelle Surka

2014 was the year that nine-figure government settlement deals with corporations passed from shocking anomaly to normal event.

Executives Who Trashed Evidence Must Go to Jail

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

It doesn't matter if you wear a suit and tie, if you break the law you will go to prison. Sending that message would make all of us safer. But we haven't been doing that consistently enough in America in recent years.

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

Five Reasons Why Progressives Should Read Crime Fiction

Kenneth Wishnia | Posted 09.19.2014 | Books
Kenneth Wishnia

Let's face it: some of the most ideologically committed people rarely read fiction, even socially conscious fiction, which means they're only getting part of the story.

Accidental Crook: A Guide to Handling Almost Any Legal Snafu

Jack Garson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Jack Garson

Everybody makes mistakes. Smart executives avoid them when they can and swiftly fix them when they can't.

The New American Hustle

Robert Kuttner | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Watching the film American Hustle, we can enjoy a sublime, over-the-top '70s show, as well as some civic satisfaction that some corrupt officials actually went to prison. Meanwhile, the ultimate American Hustlers are still on the street, laughing all the way to the bank.

The High-Stakes Insider Trading Trial of Mathew Martoma

Margaret McLean | Posted 09.19.2014 | Crime
Margaret McLean

District Court Judge Paul Gardephe is presiding over what the government has called "the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever charged." As the prosecution launches its case-in-chief, the following is what to expect at trial.

With Marijuana Legal, New Criminal Class Needed

Daryl Rowland | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Market research shows that the largest growth sector for illegal behavior is in corporate management. Prison owners hope to tap into that fertile market by appealing to local municipalities to get white collar criminals into the system early, where they can become lifelong customers.

If 'Stop and Frisk' Is Such an Effective Tactic, Why Not Use an Electronic Version on Potentially Corrupt Bank CEOs?

Steven Strauss | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Steven Strauss

Executives refusing to waive Fourth Amendment rights would be fired (or not hired). If this seems draconian, recall that innocent New Yorkers who refuse to be Stopped and Frisked -- risk arrest and jail.

Readers Fight Back

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

As I begin a third year blogging for The Huffington Post, a bouquet to readers who have posted comments below my ramblings. Some of you have agreed wi...

I'm a Piper, You're a Piper: 10+ Stupid, Illegal Things We Did in Our 20s

Candace Walsh | Posted 10.19.2013 | TV
Candace Walsh

Orange is the New Black isn't just popular because it's good. The fascination often comes from the knowledge that viewers are one bitter ex's dime drop away from getting in trouble for things they did when they were young, arrogant, and filled with bravado.

Riches to Rags: The Bungee-Jumping Entrepreneur

Jack Garson | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Jack Garson

Entrepreneurs are constantly bungee-jumping their way through life. Some bounce back. But others lose everything when that cord snaps. Yes, some risk-taking makes fortunes. But you need to manage that risk, especially once you've made a bundle.

Daddy's Been Arrested

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Crime
Marty Kaplan

At 6 a.m. last Friday, the FBI arrested Michael S. Steinberg, a 41-year-old stock trader for New York hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, at his $8 million Manhattan co-op.

Getting Tough on Devastating Corporate Crime

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Ralph Nader

Ironically, it's many of the same politicians who say they are "tough on crime" that are collecting millions of dollars in campaign money from the biggest crooks in America.

Mark Gongloff

Eric Holder Should Probably Read This | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business

While Attorney General Eric Holder and the media fret about whether to charge banks with crimes and risk harming innocent people, the Attorney General...

Former Execs Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison In Major Ponzi Scheme

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - The final two defendants convicted for helping the former Texas billionaire financier Allen Stanford swindle investors were each sentenced...

Peter Madoff Gets 10 Years In Prison For Role In Ponzi Scheme

Reuters | Posted 12.20.2012 | Business

NEW YORK, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Peter Madoff will serve 10 y ears in prison for his role in his older brother's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, a U.S. ...