Developmental trajectories of offenders convicted of fraud: A follow-up to age 50 in a Dutch conviction cohort

Victor R. van der Geest*, David Weisburd, Arjan A.J. Blokland

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Abstract

This study describes the criminal careers of offenders convicted of fraud, distinguishing different career dimensions such as intermittency, versatility and specialization. Results indicate that most fraud offenders are versatile in the sense that they also have significant criminal records for other serious offending (that is, not fraud). At the same time they are also specialized in fraud. When we examine developmental trajectories of serious offending and next explore patterns of fraud for the groups identified, we find that offenders in our sample represent a heterogeneous group and that the classic divide between typical financial (for example, white-collar) offenders and common criminals does not apply to the majority of our sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-565
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Criminal career
  • financial crime
  • fraud
  • life-course criminology
  • specialization

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