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Reference no. 9-612-019
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2011
Version: 20 October 2011
Length: 5 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Chris and Alison Weston describe how they, a well-educated middle class couple, ended up committing mail fraud, for which they each served a year and a half in federal prison. The case highlights for students how otherwise upstanding individuals much like themselves can commit crimes without being truly aware that they are doing it.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2002.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Phoenix

Featured company

Anonymous company no. 1

Featured protagonists

  • Chris Weston (male)
  • Alison Weston (female)

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Abstract

Chris and Alison Weston describe how they, a well-educated middle class couple, ended up committing mail fraud, for which they each served a year and a half in federal prison. The case highlights for students how otherwise upstanding individuals much like themselves can commit crimes without being truly aware that they are doing it.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2002.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Phoenix

Featured company

Anonymous company no. 1

Featured protagonists

  • Chris Weston (male)
  • Alison Weston (female)

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