Why Do Rich People Commit Crimes?


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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
If you've ever watched a show like C.O.P.S. Or America's Most Wanted, you'd be forgiven for thinking that crime only gets committed by poor people living in inner-city areas like Los Angeles's South Central.

The truth is that rich people also commit a large percentage of crimes, but these simply don't get the same kind of publicity.

Why do rich people commit crime? When people think about the reason people commit crime, the first thing that comes to mind is money.

A large amount of crime is committed for financial gain, and this includes offences like:

  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
It is easy to think of criminals as poor people who roam the streets robbing others, and breaking into houses to make money to fund their lifestyle or drug habit.

But the truth is rich people are just as likely to be greedy, violent, reckless, and selfish - and this means they are just as likely to be tempted by criminality.

The only difference is that people don't make TV shows about rich criminals.

The Richest criminals in the world
If we want further proof that crime doesn't set financial boundaries, we only need to look at the number of rich people who have been prosecuted for choosing a life of crime.

As far as criminals that have made a lot of money from their crimes - there are plenty. Most of them are South American drug-dealers like Amado Carrillo Fuentes or Pablo Escobar.

But there is also a group of people who started off rather wealthy, and still weren't happy enough on the straight-and-narrow.

This list includes the following:

  • Celebs like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan (both arrested for drug possession- critics say they were treated far more leniently by the courts because they were rich and famous).
  • White-collar criminals like Bernie Madoff and Allen Stanford are well known for conning people out of billions of dollars through elaborate corporate crimes.
Siren Profile
Siren answered
There are a multitude of reasons someone commits crimes - it does not matter if they are rich or poor.
ALIMAK Profile
ALIMAK answered
Sometimes they just want more, and are greedy for what they don't have - and sometimes they think that since they're rich, they will get away with it because not everyone always gets caught.

Everyone has their opinion and that's mine.

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