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Last week I posted about a mom who stole from a bank. I was even so bold to say that I thought due to the headline “Mom, daughter, sister, wife & grandma” it would get a lot of clicks. I was wrong. I have been thinking about why the story did not get as much attention as my other stories about pink collar crime. It may be déjà vu to the time that Dr. Freda Adler wrote Sisters in Crime. As you may remember, Dr. Adler wrote Sisters in Crime in 1975 during the time of women’s liberation. She had over 300 media events including the Tonight Show and being interviewed by Barbara Walters. But all she got was pushback from people stating she was taking away from women advancing in the workplace. She even told me on the phone that if she knew how much grief she got she may never have written the book. Her thesis was that women would be incarcerated in greater numbers due to more women being in the workplace.
I tweet regularly about #pinkcollarcrime. There are amazing news articles daily (thanks to Google alerts) about women stealing in the workplace. However, deep down I am starting to think that people don’t want to hear about nice women breaking rules and stealing.
Like Dr. Adler in no uncertain terms do I want to take away from women and their gains in the workplace. What I want to do is to educate business owners and managers about the potential of pink collar crime. With more and more women in the workplace and with an increasing number of women being the primary breadwinners pink collar crime will increase just due to the numbers.
Recently I was asked if I was “picking” on women. My answer was an unequivocal no. But if a man were doing “Catch Her If You Can-Today’s Pink Collar Criminal he may have a more difficult time than myself. I have touched the glass ceiling, my daughter is a staunch activist (even though she still is in high school) and my family has always supported my passion for work.
There is no honesty chromosome that women possess. That is what Dr. Adler brought up over 40 years ago. I will keep drawing attention to pink collar crime and as Dr. Adler told me someday there just might be a Bernice Madoff.
The USA Today recently had this headline “Mom sentenced to nearly 7 years” http://usat.ly/2eFKwAL
Why did they lead with this headline? Because it sells. No one wants to admit it but there is curiosity about a Mom who steals. My headline most likely will be clicked through many times this week due to that. But that is why I call Pink Collar Crime the relatable crime. Most everyone knows someone who either has been victimized by a pink collar criminal or they are aware of a pink collar criminal story in their community-think little league embezzlement or town clerk embezzlement . Most people don’t relate to a violent offender because hopefully you have not been a victim or know someone who has been a victim.
These women aren’t scary. They look like regular moms, sisters, wives or daughters. They are the ones who are working a job in a medical office, small business, municipal government or possibly volunteering at a nonprofit such as a sports club or school club.
As I have been tweeting and posting, this is a growing demographic. Women are in the workplace in record numbers and it looks to stay that way. The world has changed. These women are all in some form or another a mom, daughter, sister, wife or grandma. When you see a story like that what are your initial thoughts?
Just look at women incarceration rates provided by the Prison Policy Initiative from 1910-2014 https://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/women/ Dr. Freda Adler was spot on.
So excited to announce that Catch her if you can-Pink-collar criminals was printed in this month’s Fraud Magazine-Fraud Spotlight:
Stay tuned for new material. I spoke at the Spokane Chapter of the ACFE for their annual conference. Lots of new stories daily. Thank you for your support.
Graphic courtesy of Fraud Magazine-ACFE
There was a fun news story out today about how people don’t take hurricanes with feminine names as seriously as hurricanes with masculine names. In the case of hurricanes those responses may have deadly consequences. In six decades there have been significantly more deaths from feminine named hurricanes as compared to masculine named hurricanes. Remember Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy??
Laboratory experiments indicate that this is because hurricane names lead to gender-based expectations about severity and this, in turn, guides respondents’ preparedness to take protective action. This finding indicates an unfortunate and unintended consequence of the gendered naming of hurricanes, with important implications for policymakers, media practitioners, and the general public concerning hurricane communication and preparedness. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/05/29/1402786111.abstract
So what does this have to do with embezzlement and pink collar crime? Think of the business owner with the most trusted and well liked employee. Do the owners take seriously the possibility of Betsy robbing the company blind? How about trusting Betsy more than the sales manager who gets caught padding his expense report? Who is going to possibly do more damage? According to the ACFE men steal more but women are catching up. Victims of embezzlement have an incredibly difficult time getting over the emotional consequences of such an incredible breach of trust.
Each time I have responded to an embezzlement, the story pretty much goes the same. She was well liked, trusted and had “keys to the empire”. “She” would never do something like this. Why would “she” do this? We never expected “her” to do this.
Consider this a public service announcement from all of us who work embezzlement cases. Just like the National Weather Service we are trying to help you. Just because someone has a feminine name does not mean you should not take the risks seriously.
The iconic Harvard comedy club, The Lampoon, is now being run by two women. Eleanor Parker, and President Alexis Wilkinson. Women are making such inroads in all areas of life and now it includes The Lampoon. What does this mean for women? This change sends a signal that women are welcome in what have been traditionally a testosterone structure according to the story on the Today Show,
So what does this have to do with Pink Collar Crime? This is just another stepping stone for women in the workplace. And if you have been following this blog I think it is another step for women to reach even higher levels of success. When will there be a Bernice Madoff? As Freda Adler told me it is just a matter of time before we meet Bernice Madoff. Stay tuned for bigger embezzlements perpetrated by women who are in higher levels of trust and money just like women being in the higher levels of comedy.