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Kelly Richmond Pope

  • Dr. Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Accounting
  • School of Accountancy & MIS
  • (312) 362-5821
  • 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 6051
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

PhD, Accounting, Virginia Tech
MAcc, Accountancy, Virginia Tech
BS, Accountancy, North Carolina A&T State University

Professional Certifications

Certified Public Accountant


Kelly Richmond Pope is the Dr. Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.

Her 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, 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 upcoming 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).