Kelly Paxton, CFE

Catch Her If You Can – Today’s Pink-Collar Criminal

Kelly Paxton started her career in law enforcement as a Special Agent for US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. Ms. Paxton was recruited by US Customs Office of Investigations for her expertise in finance. She worked white collar fraud, money laundering and narcotics cases. She also was responsible for the district’s undercover operations and financial reporting of these operations.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sector. She has worked for the prosecution and defense. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence and fraud. Her most recent position was at Nike where she was recruited for her expertise in Open Source Intelligence and being a Certified Fraud Examiner.

What started out as a research project, why are the majority of embezzlement suspects women, became her passion. While working at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in the Fraud Identity Theft Enforcement group, Kelly found the definition of Pink Collar Crime (Kathleen Daly, Criminology Magazine 1989).

Women steal differently than men. Interviewing a woman requires a different mindset in many cases. Using not only anecdotal evidence but academic studies, Kelly is able to combine this knowledge into a complete investigation. Kelly speaks nationally on the topic. She is considered to be a subject matter expert.

Kelly travels throughout the United States speaking about Pink Collar Crime. She also speaks on other fraud topics including ethics and non-profit fraud.