The Washington Post on White Collar Criminals

Money Aside, What Were They Thinking? wonders DeNeen L. Brown, in the Washington Post (13 December):

You wonder whether they were just broke or thought they were a bit smarter than everybody else. Wonder if you got close enough, could you detect small stains of guilt on their white collars?

…Experts who study those who defraud, embezzle and steal from the government say they are no different from other criminals. They swim just as easily in rancid waters.

“This is how their minds work,” says Terrance Lichtenwald, a clinical psychologist in Illinois who has written profiles of white-collar criminals for clinical studies and forensic journals. “They are going to be nice to you. The face they present to you will be very charming.”