Chelsea Binns

Chelsea Binns

Assistant Professor
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  • Certificate, Forensic Accounting, New York University
  • PhD, CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College (Criminal Justice)
  • MPhil, CUNY Graduate Center (Criminal Justice)
  • MA, John Jay College (Criminal Justice)
  • BA, Cum Laude, Ramapo College of New Jersey (Law & Society)
  • AS, Morris County College (Criminal Justice)


Chelsea Binns is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Security, Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her first book, Fraud Hotlines: Design, Performance & Assessment, was published by Taylor & Francis/CRC Press in 2017. Her second book, The Art of Investigation, by the same publisher, will be released in early 2020. She is a licensed Private Investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner, and is president of the New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She is the recipient of several teaching and employee recognition awards. Her research interests are focused on corporate security matters, including background checks, corporate crime, cybercrime, investigations, and organizational fraud. She has extensive corporate security, management and investigative experience, having worked for prestigious organizations such as Citibank, Morgan Stanley, New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) and the New York State Office of the Attorney General. Before joining John Jay College, she was a Senior Vice President in Citibank's Fraud Surveillance Unit in New York City. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security at St. John's University. Ms. Binns frequently lectures before elite audiences to include major industry groups, governmental organizations and investigative teams. She has a doctorate and two master’s degrees in Criminal Justice from the CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


JJC Affiliations

Security Management, Center for Private Security and Safety

Professional Memberships

  • President, New York Chapter, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Member, FBI Infraguard
  • Member, ACFE Chapter Leaders Committee
  • Member, ACFE Advisory Council


Course Taught

  • Cyber Fraud and Identity Theft, SEC 317
  • Business Continuity Planning, PMT 762/SEC 762 
  • Security & Design of Security Systems, SEC 753 
  • Safety & Security of Financial Institutions, SEC 348
  • Seminar in Security Problems, SEC 405

Scholarly Work


Binns, C. & Sackman, B. (Feb. 2020) The Art of Investigation. Boca Raton, Florida: Taylor & Francis/CRC Press

Binns, C. (Nov. 2017) Fraud Hotlines: Design, Performance & Assessment. Boca Raton, Florida: Taylor & Francis/CRC Press


Peer Reviewed Articles

Binns, C. (Fall 2017) “Cybercrime Response in the United States and Japan: A Comparative Analysis." Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Annual: Global Perspectives, New York: John Jay Press, Volume 7, pp. 153-174.


Book Chapters

Binns, C. (Jan. 2019) Chapter 1: "Government Employees Unaware they are Cybercrime Victims" and Chapter 47: “Law Enforcement Partnerships Enhance Cybersecurity Investigations” in Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), in Cybersecurity: Current Writings on Threats and Protection. Mc Farland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina


Binns, C. (Sept. 2016) Chapter 19: “New York Corruption Investigation Trends” and Chapter 37: “Vigilance Required for New York Government Employees,” in Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), Corruption and America's Cities: Essays and Case Studies. Mc Farland & Company, IncJefferson, North Carolina.   


Other Works

Binns, C. (May 2018) "Fraud Investigations." Encyclopedia of Security & Emergency Management. Switzerland: Springer Publications.


Kempf R. & Binns, C. (July 2017) “Balancing Integrity with Privacy Interests: Fighting Cyber-Corruption with Background Checks.” Integrity in Brief. Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School.


Binns, C. (Spring 2017) “Homeland Security Cellphone Searches: Effective Investigative Tool or Extreme Invasion of Privacy?” Security Director (American Society for Industrial Security). 


Binns, C. (Apr. 2017) “Law Enforcement Partnerships Enhance Cybercrime Investigations.” PA Times (American Society for Public Administration). 


Binns, C. (Apr. 2017) (Contributor) Fraud Edge Column. “The Future is Now in Higher Education.” Fraud Magazine (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners). 


Binns, C. (Oct. 2015) “Money Mule Profiling Can Help Solve, Prevent Crimes,” Fraud Magazine (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners).


Binns, C. (Spring 2014) “Fraud Hotlines and Cybercrime Prevention in the Financial Industry.” Citibank Cyber Intelligence Journal. pp. 70-74.


Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, John Jay College, 2018
  • H. Craig Collins Award to Distinguished Faculty, St. John’s University, Apr. 2017
  • Faculty Recognition Award, St. John’s University, Aug. 2016
  • Morgan Stanley Client Service Award, 2009
  • Doctoral Program Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center/John Jay College, 2007

Research Summary

Chelsea's research interests are focused on corporate security matters, including background checks, corporate crime, cybercrime, investigations, and organizational fraud. 

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Criminal Justice / Crime Prevention & Reduction
Financial Fraud / White Collar Crime

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Bank and Financial Crime, Corporate Crime, Corporate Security, Crime Prevention, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Investigations, Organizational Fraud, General Deterrence Theory (GDT), Loss Prevention, Private Security Industry, Security Management/Standards

In The Media


Buzz Feed News, provided expert commentary for the article “A Powerful Catholic Group Is Facing Allegations of Insurance Fraud,” published on August 23, 2019.

NBC News MACH, provided expert commentary for the article “Here’s How AI Could Help Catch Shoplifters in the Act,” published on March 18, 2019.

Metro NY, provided expert commentary for the article “Mass Shootings ‘Not 100% Preventable’ Expert Says,” published on Oct. 2, 2017.

LIFARS, "Chelsea Binns on Cyber Trends & The Upcoming NYCFE Conference." Sept. 15, 2017

ACFE, The Fraud Examiner, Interview with Chelsea Binns titled “Mentoring Young Fraud Professionals Gives CFE Purpose and Passion” April 19, 2017.

Online Presence