Fool Me Once: An In-Depth Look at Fraud in Today's Organization

Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope
Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope DePaul University

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Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope is the Dr. Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Forensic Accounting at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Pope is a nationally recognized expert in risk, forensic accounting, and white-collar crime research, and an award-winning educator, researcher, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker.

In 2020, the AICPA and the CPA Practice Advisor named Dr. Pope among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting. Her area of expertise lies in understanding and identifying financial fraud risk within financial statements, assessing corporate culture and compliance systems designed to confront internal control challenges. Pope’s research on executive misconduct culminated in directing and producing the award-winning documentary, All the Queen’s Horses which explores the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history.

Pope is a frequent international speaker to numerous news outlets, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies. Pope has earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and her master’s in accountancy and doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech. Pope resides in the Chicagoland area.


This session discusses the importance of finding your voice when organizations are experiencing challenging times. Based on her fraud research from her book Fool Me Once: Scams, Stories and Secrets from the Trillion Dollar Fraud Industry (Harvard Business Review Press March 2023), Dr. Pope shares the importance of leaders using their voices to save their organizations from significant fraud losses. She also discusses preventive strategies that all stakeholders should know to keep their organizations fraud free.

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