White-collar crime in Kentucky has serious repercussions on both a personal and professional level. Allegations of misconduct can damage reputations, impair relationships, disrupt organizational processes and discredit brand image. 

People who participate in criminal conduct on a professional front often share similarities that enhance their risks of justifying questionable behavior. Depending on the severity of their actions, the range of consequences they face is vast. 

Risks of the white-collar criminal 

According to Forbes, companies that neglect ethics training, or take a lax approach toward disciplining employees who behave unethically, send the message that devious methods of achieving success are acceptable. Over time, employees who are able to get away with questionable behavior continue to push their boundaries until their actions are criminal in nature. 

Employees that are poorly treated, unfairly compensated, or given unrealistic goals and requirements are at a much higher risk of participating in unethical practices to meet personal and professional objectives. 

Dangers of criminal conduct 

The consequences of white-collar crime are far-reaching and can have implications that last well beyond the occurrence of the actual crime. Cornell Law School lists some of the penalties of white-collar crime including license forfeiture, costly fines and imprisonment among others. Authorities recommend longer prison sentences for perpetrators whose actions disrupted the livelihood, success and financial stability of multiple individuals or businesses. In some cases, perpetrators who aid in investigative efforts to uncover additional unethical behavior may have the potential to lessen the severity of their legal consequences. People seeking employment after paying the legal consequences for their involvement in white-collar crime may work toward rebuilding their reputation through honesty and a commitment to change.