Ethics Event: "Psychology of Fraud" with Rand Gambrell and "Catch Me If You Can" with Kelly Paxton

When:  May 20, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (MT)
Associated with  Denver - Centennial Chapter
Please join us on May 20th from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM MT for a two hour Regulatory Ethics CPE event!

This event is FREE for IMA members! Be sure you have your IMA membership number ready when registering.

This event is $20.00 for non-IMA members. Please pay BEFORE registering for the event.
Venmo: @denverima​
Would you prefer to send a check? Email Chrissy at for the address!


Session #1: "Psychology of Fraud" with Rand Gambrell

Rand Gambrell, CPA, ABV, CFE, CFE will open up this CPE event with a refresher on the psychology behind fraud perpetrators, fraud victims and how internal controls can help prevent and detect occupational fraud.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the psychology of fraud perpetrators, including how perpetrators are able to rationalize their actions.
  2. Appreciate the psychology of fraud victims and what makes them want to believe fraudsters, making them vulnerable to deception.
  3. Evaluate an organization's internal controls, helping ensure internal controls include a people / behavioral element which will help make them more effective in preventing and identifying occupational fraud.
Session #2: "Catch Me If You Can: Today's Pink Collar Criminal"

Embezzlement is the crime that every business owner, government agency, PTA, and youth sports league worries about. Protecting assets is a top priority. The loss of money is devastating. However, what is worse is the loss of time which is unrecoverable and the loss of trust which takes the biggest toll. When embezzlement happens it is often committed by a long-term, trusted employee. They have worked side by side with you for potentially years or even decades. Often, they are part of the family. These embezzlers live amongst us. This crime is the relatable crime because most everyone knows some business or person who has been affected by embezzlement. 

Join renowned Pink Collar Crime expert Kelly Paxton to understand this growing demographic. This topic is Kelly’s most widely requested due to the recent increase in embezzlement and fraud. Kelly will show you what to look for in your business to make sure your most trusted employee is not a Pink Collar Criminal. 

Attend Catch Me If You Can and learn: 

  1. What is the difference between White Collar Crime and Pink Collar Crime? Why is Pink Collar Crime growing? 
  2. Who is the “typical” Pink Collar Criminal? 
  3. How to identify “pink flags” 
  4. Tips and tricks for investigating and interviewing a Pink Collar Criminal 

Speaker Biographies:

Rand Gambrell, CPA, ABV, CFE, CFF is a Director for Forensics & Valuation Services at BKC. As a member of BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division, Rand provides business valuation services, forensic accounting, economic damage analysis, fraud auditing and bankruptcy and restructuring services, including serving as an expert witness.  His more than 20 years of experience also includes performing audits and consulting services for large national and international companies while with an international accounting firm.

He performs valuations for transactions, restructurings, marital dissolutions and income tax-related purposes and provides economic analyses of damage resulting from business interruption and breach of contract.  Rand helps identify source and use of funds through forensic accounting and provides financial consulting related to bankruptcy.

Rand also performs consulting services, serving both as an expert witness and a neutral “referee,” in a variety of post-acquisition and other dispute matters, including working capital adjustments, assumption of post-acquisition liabilities, undisclosed contingent liabilities and calculation of earn-out payments. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Colorado Society of CPAs, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).

Kelly A. Paxton
Certified Fraud Examiner
Licensed Private Investigator, Social Media Intelligence Analyst
K Paxton LLC, Principal

Kelly Paxton has more than 20 years of investigative experience. Kelly is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Private Investigator, author, and podcast host-founder of Great Women in Fraud. 

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. Kelly worked as a contract investigator doing over 1000 security background investigations for the Office of Personnel Management and Department of Homeland Security.

Kelly has worked in the public and private sector.  Most recently she worked as an investigator for Nike. Her investigations include embezzlement, conflict of interest, intellectual property, Open Source Intelligence and fraud. Kelly is also the proud owner of, a passion of hers about embezzlers in the workplace.  She founded Great Women in Fraud in August, 2020.  Her book, Embezzlement How to Prevent, Detect and Investigate Pink-Collar Crime, was published in December, 2020.

Program Level Knowledge: Beginner

Prerequisite/Advanced Preparation:

Field of Study: Regulatory Ethics

Recommended CPE Credit:
2 Hours

Method of Learning: Webinar (On24)