The criminologist Edwin Sutherland defined white-collar crime as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation." That was in 1939.
Though the category is still distinguished by activities such as fraud and embezzlement, the perpetrators no longer come only from the executive suite or other well-placed ranks.
What follows is a list of 10 white-collar criminals who are all still at large. Some defrauded financial institutions. Others pocketed company funds. And still others preyed on individuals, robbing them of their life savings.
Read ahead to see CNBC.com's list of some of the most notorious white collar criminals. All information comes from the FBI database.
By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 06 Nov. 2013
CNBC follows the money trail in search of the most wanted white-collar fugitives."American Greed: The Fugitives" Thursdays, at 10 p.m. ET.