In recent years there has been an increase in the scope of corruption cases within the local government due to white collar offenses, such as offenses of bribery, obtaining by fraud, theft or forgery by a public servant as well as acts of deceit and breach of allegiance. These often lead to damage to the reputation of mayors of local authorities serving in office and officials in the public sector. In some cases at the end of a trial, the files against the officials are closed, after long hearings, and they may continue in their service to the public.
Characteristics of offenses
White collar offenses are actually criminal offenses that require extensive knowledge, sophistication and understanding of the environment. In the public sector, these offenses are committed by people in senior positions, such as mayors or heads of council, who have access to financial resources and decision makers. This enables them to exploit public resources for their own good, as the damage incurred due to committing white crime offense is mainly financial damage and the injury is to the whole community rather than to a specific person.