Date of Graduation

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Sociology - Criminology and Law Enforcement

Research Sponsor

Dr. Lia Wiley

First Reader

Dr. Rebecca Erickson

Second Reader

Mr. James Kagafas


A secondary data analysis was conducted to determine relationships between US State, dollar amount of fraud, and type of savings and loan fraud committed. Using a dataset created by Pontell et al. (1999), this paper investigates the impact of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 on prosecuting those who commit crimes within the savings and loan industry. This paper also includes research into the theoretical components of society's perception into white-collar crime and sociological theories that could explain motives behind white-collar offenses.

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Criminology Commons