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Creating Language CrimesHow Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.001.0001

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Eleven Little Ambiguities and How They Grew in a Business Fraud Case: US v. Paul Webster and Joe Martino

Eleven Little Ambiguities and How They Grew in a Business Fraud Case: US v. Paul Webster and Joe Martino

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(p.69) 7 Eleven Little Ambiguities and How They Grew in a Business Fraud Case: US v. Paul Webster and Joe Martino
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Creating Language Crimes
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.003.0007

This chapter describes an actual case that has been anonymized by request of counsel. It shows how seemingly innocuous words and expressions, such as “exposure”, “clean it up”, “credibility”, “profit sharing”, “involved”, “quid pro quo”, and others were used ambiguously by undercover agents to make conversations with targets to give the appearance of illegality. In this case, their ambiguity strategy failed.

Keywords:   ambiguity, business fraud, words, expressions

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