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Kelly Richmond Pope

Associate Professor

School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University

Kelly Richmond Pope is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and founder of Helios Digital Learning, Inc. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is a licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations, and fraud risk management projects. Kelly is a recognized expert in the forensic accounting field and has conducted forensic accounting seminars around the world for universities, corporations and governmental entities.

Selected Organizations

AT&T, General Electric, ConAgraFoods, Walgreens, Lincoln Financial Group, Northern Trust, KraftHeinz, LinkedIn, KaiserPermante, Orthofix, Pacific Gas & Electri, DTE Energy, United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Commission Malaysia, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Compliance Week, Daniels Fund, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).​


Her research has been published in the Behavioral Research in Accounting, Auditing: A Journal of Theory & Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, CPA Journal and WebCPA. She co-authored A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics: Using Psychology to Prevent, Detect and Deter Fraud published by John Wiley & Sons. Additionally, she writes for and has published articles in The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and PBS Need To Know.  


Kelly is the creator and executive producer of the award winning educational white-collar crime documentary Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crime. Her current documentary, All the Queen’s Horses which chronicles the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history, will be released August 2017. She was selected by the TED Ed team to develop a teaching lesson on “How People Rationalize Fraud” which can be found on the TED Ed website. Her TEDx talk “Why We Hate Whistle-blowers” discusses the whistle-blower dilemma and the need for whistle-blowers in fraud discovery.

Member & Advisor​

Kelly is a past board member of the Illinois CPA Society, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, a mentor-editor for The OpEd Project, serves of the Board of Directors for Mercy Hospital and is faculty advisor to DePaul National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) student chapter.

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