Kelly A. Paxton, Certified Fraud Examiner

What started out as a research project, why are the majority of  the 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, 1989).  Kelly started to research cases and now is the proud owner of pinkcollarcrime.com. Kelly not only investigates cases where a woman is a suspect but also speaks regularly on this topic.  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 Paxton has more than 13 years of law enforcement experience. Ms. Paxton is the Principal for Financial CaseWorks LLC, a private investigative firm. Ms. 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 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. She testified at Grand Jury in the Western District of Washington. Ms. Paxton has been the affiant on numerous search and seizure warrants.

Prior to her law enforcement career Ms. Paxton was a licensed stockbroker at Dean Witter and Piper Jaffray. She also was a trader/contract negotiator at Morley Capital Management. Ms. Paxton started her career at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1985.

With her background in the financial services industry Ms. Paxton has combined the two fields into Financial CaseWorks LLC. Ms. Paxton specializes in financial investigations starting from the initial background interview to the tracing of funds in embezzlement, elder abuse, and misappropriation of assets. Ms. Paxton also investigates mortgage fraud.

Pink Collar Crime: Today's Woman Embezzler is an educational, fun and important presentation topic.  Women now comprise more than half of the workforce.  You may have a pink collar criminal in your workplace.  Please contact Kelly if you would like additional information.