“Pink Collar Crime” is a term attributed to the ascension of women involved in white collar crime. In the 1980’s, when researchers were beginning to look into pink collar crime, they theorized that women rarely used an occupational position of authority to commit crimes and that their motives were need-based. And, in recent studies, despite the fascinating example of Rita Crundwell, researchers are finding that women only comprise a very small percentage of white collar offenders and rarely are the leaders in fraud rings. The only area in which women seemed to yield a high percentage of involvement was in embezzlement cases, and even though women were more likely to be committing acts of embezzlement, males on average are embezzling larger amounts.
One of the leading experts on women and white collar crime, Mary Dodge, a criminologist and professor at University of Colorado Denver, explains that the role of women in white collar crime “remains a controversial and neglected area of criminological study.” I am intrigued by this topic! I discussed federal sentencing guidelines and ended the seminar with a break-out session where we discussed how accountants can put better systems in place for preventing this type of activity in their organization. Please see this link to my presentation materials for further information: (http://www.boortzlaw.com/blog.html).