in Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225804
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191708411 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice


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The concept of fraud is ubiquitous in white-collar criminal law, reflecting a protean and proliferating range of meanings. Not only are the fraud offenses among the most frequently charged, but they are also among the most widely and variously codified. This chapter offers a brief survey of the range of moral concepts that have been associated with fraud. It then focuses on the most central of these concepts — namely, deception — and, in particular, shows how the relatively flexible conception of deceit that helps to define fraud differs from the rigid concept of lying shown in the discussion of perjury in the previous chapter.

Keywords: white-collar crime; criminal law; fraud; moral concepts; deception; deceit

Chapter.  7352 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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