First Advisor

McGrath, Jack M.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

49 pages


Since Sutherland coined the phrase "white-collar crime" in 1939 during his address to the American Sociological Society (Barnett, n.d.), an array of crimes now fall under that heading. In particular, the crime of identity theft is an area of great concern and the subject of this study. The first identified task in this study was to achieve an understanding of what has been learned thus far about the emotional impact of identity theft on victims. The second resided in seeking to understand if a correlation exist between assets and income, and the emotional impact felt by identity theft victims. The working hypothesis for this study was: when a victim has abundant assets and steady income, the emotional impact of Identity theft is mitigated. This study relied on a mixed methodology.

Date of Award

Spring 2011

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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