FBI’s Top Ten List turns Seventy!

A fan favorite, FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List, aka the Top Ten, was created seventy years ago in response to popular demand following The Washington Daily News’ publication of an article entitled “FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives Named”. The purpose of the list per the FBI website is to “publicize particularly dangerous fugitives who might not otherwise merit nationwide attention.”

As of June 2020, 523 fugitives have been listed. Ten of them have been women. Ninety three percent of those listed have been captured or located with thirty one percent as a result of citizen cooperation.

The FBI publicizes specialized lists of criminals as well. White collar crimes, defined as those characterized by “deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and not dependent on the application or threat of physical force or violence”, are a specialized list. Examples of white collar crime include corporate fraud, mortgage fraud, wage theft, insider trading, copyright infringement, money laundering, health care fraud and more.

Recent studies suggest that a growing number of white collar criminals, roughly 24.5%, do in fact turn violent. Under pressure of investigation, these criminals commit brutal acts of violence most often to silence those who have detected their frauds. The newly minted term for these criminals is “red collar”.

Here is FBI’s list of Most Wanted White (Red) Collar Criminals.                      https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/wcc


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