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Kelly Richmond Pope, PhD, CPA

Forensic Accountant and Professor, Kelly Richmond Pope has dedicated her career to confronting the challenges of white collar crime. A professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University, Kelly uses the most innovative and cutting edge outlets in edutainment to teach forensic accounting, managerial accounting, financial accounting, and ethical leadership. She is currently co-host of the podcast True Crime with Kathy Lake and Kelly Pope on WGN Radio.

A popular keynote speaker and international lecturer, Kelly is a frequent adviser to firms about their compliance programs and training. She speaks regularly to regulators, including the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, companies such as GE, Kraft Heinz, Allstate, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, and a number of trade associations, including the AICPA and the Government Finance Officers Association. Using her research in forensic accounting and white-collar crime, Kelly brings up-to-date facts about how good employees rationalize bad decisions, the importance of internal whistleblowing, and the value of ethical leadership.

Kelly’s fraud research has been published in leading academic journals such as Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, and Journal of Business Ethics. She co-authored the The ABCs of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud published by John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, she is a freelance writer for Forbes.com, The Daily Beast and The Washington Post.

Kelly is the creator of the award-winning educational white-collar crime documentary Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. She participated in the inaugural Kartemquin’s Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship program sponsored by The Academy for Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She began filming her documentary All the Queen’s Horses shortly after the 2012 arrest of Rita Crundwell of Dixon, IL. Kelly has appeared on Inside Edition and Discovery ID’s docu-drama Forbidden as a subject matter expert discussing the Crundwell case. All the Queen’s Horses was a 2014 finalist for a Tribeca Film Institute grant.

She serves on the board of directors for the Illinois CPA Society, the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Institute of Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University, and on the governing council for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).​

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