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Regulation, White–Collar Crime and the Bank of Credit and Commerce International

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Abstract:

This article presents the findings of a study exploring the consequences and impacts upon a group of employees who worked for an organisation in which white-collar violations took place. Former employees of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) were interviewed, and the financial, emotional, and psychological effects of the closure of this bank upon their lives documented. Results reveal that the issue of ‘secondary victimisation’ is of particular importance in this case study, since former BCCI employees considered the detrimental effects upon their lives as a result of the closure of BCCI to be linked to regulatory and media responses to the bank rather than to any crimes which had been committed. This case study illustrates the importance of considering the actions of regulatory authorities and the media in cases of ‘white-collar crime’ and their impact upon the individuals whose lives are caught up in ‘white-collar scandal’.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2311.00199

Affiliations: University of Central England

Publication date: May 1, 2001

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