Thomas J. Kelly, a Stroz Friedberg Vice President, has over 25 years of federal law enforcement experience with success as an investigator, field supervisor, domicile coordinator, and contract officer. Mr. Kelly has conducted numerous investigations ranging from complex corporate fraud, covert corporate and personal background investigations, employee criminal conduct, federal monitorships (home detention), security of electronic evidence in support of litigation, identification and recovery of high-value stolen assets, and the identification and location of witnesses for litigation. Mr. Kelly has also supervised and conducted numerous criminal investigations in identity theft, financial crimes, mail fraud, and compensation fraud. He has testified as an expert witness in federal and state courts concerning civil and criminal matters.
Mr. Kelly has recently managed a number of significant investigations, including the recovery of more than $5 million in stolen assets from a public company and the federal prosecution and conviction of the firm’s Finance Director; a $2 million dollar embezzlement by an accountant employed by a major construction company and recovery of the stolen funds; identification of the anonymous author of harassing letters and her admission to sending them to a senior executive of a major law firm; an overbilling scheme that included ghost employees and falsified computer records by the manager of the word processing unit of a major law firm; and the federal home detention of several high-profile defendants, notable among them Bernard Madoff.
Prior to joining SFI, Mr. Kelly was a Credit Card Fraud Investigator at Citigroup, where he was responsible for investigating credit card merchant schemes, skimming, and identity thefts. He also gave numerous presentations about credit card fraud, bust-out schemes, and identity theft to private companies and government entities including the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Mr. Kelly spent the majority of his professional career at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, New York Metro Division, where he ultimately supervised a team of Postal Inspectors and Contract Fraud Analysts in investigating fraudulent Workers’ Compensation cases and tort claims against the Postal Service. He was responsible for performing investigative and security functions to protect the U.S. Postal Service from criminal attack, fraud, waste, and abuse including the theft of mail by internal and external criminals. His career included successful investigations that led to the conviction of 64 individuals for Workers’ Compensation fraud, resulting in $54 million in cost avoidance for the Postal Service. During his tenure with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Mr. Kelly received numerous awards, including the Chief Postal Inspector Executive’s Award in 1999 and 2002. He is a five-time recipient of the Inspector in Charge, New York Exceptional Individual Performance Award and has been recognized by the banking community for his work in identity theft.
Mr. Kelly is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Protection Professional, and a licensed private investigator in the states of New York and New Jersey. Mr. Kelly is also a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors.