Prior to 1939, American law enforcement officials paid more attention to so-called "street crimes" than those types of crimes committed by people in higher status occupations. That is when the groundbreaking criminologist Edwin H. Sutherland introduced the notion that people of high social status were capable of committing a wide scope of crimes against property that were receiving relatively little attention up to that point.
A Florida defendant who was facing charges of wire fraud in connection with a federal securities case has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit the crime. The defendant, who had owned a day-trading firm in Tampa, was facing the white collar crime allegations after he allegedly defrauded customers out of more than $470,000. He could face up to five years' prison time for his involvement in the alleged financial scheme. That 34-year-old man is implicated in both a criminal case and a federal lawsuit that was brought by an investor.