Chelsea Binns

Chelsea Binns

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
212-393-6221
Room number and address: 
Haaren Hall, 43304

Education

  • 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)

Bio

Chelsea Binns is a professor in the Department of Security, Fire & Emergency Management. Chelsea is a security & investigations expert, with a PhD in Criminal Justice and a Private Investigator license in NY State. She was named named a "top PI" in 2022 by PI Magazine. She also holds the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. She has extensive security, management and investigative experience, having previously worked in an investigative capacity 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. Chelsea is very involved in industry. She has served in several roles with the ACFE. Most recently, she was chairperson of their Chapter Leaders Committee. Prior to that, she was president of the New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (NYCFE). Currently she is a member of the Investigations Steering Committee at the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and a member of the World Association of Detectives (WAD) the Society of Professional Investigators (SPI) FBI Infraguard, the American Society of Criminology and the Asian Criminological Society (ACS). Her research interests are focused on corporate security & investigations matters, including background checks, corporate crime, cybercrime, employee crime, financial crime, fraud hotlines, investigative techniques, organizational fraud and white collar crime. she has published four books to date: The Art of Investigation II, CRC Press (in press), The Art of Investigation, CRC Press (2020), Safety & Security in Hotels and Home Sharing, Springer (2020) and Fraud Hotlines: Design, Performance & Assessment, CRC Press (2017). Her work also appears in peer-reviewed journals, such as Security Journal. She frequently lectures before elite audiences to include major industry groups, governmental organizations and investigative teams. The ACFE Rhode Island chapter named Chelsea their speaker of the year in 2020. Chelsea is also a sought-after expert researcher who has performed several commissioned studies to date. Her most recent study, funded by the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), was "Using Social Media to Gather Security Intelligence."

JJC Affiliations

Security Management, Center for Private Security and Safety

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Investigations Steering Committee, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS)
  • Chair, Chapter Leader's Committee, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Past President, New York Chapter, ACFE
  • Past Member, Higher Education Advisory Committee, ACFE
  • Member, ACFE Advisory Council
  • Member, Advisory Board, Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, Asian Criminological Society
  • Member, ASIS
  • Member, FBI Infraguard
  • Member, Society of Professional Investigators (SPI)
  • Member, World Association of Detectives

 

Course Taught

  • Business Continuity Planning, PMT 762/SEC 762 
  • Cybercrime Investigations SEC 217
  • Cyber Fraud and Identity Theft, SEC 317
  • Private Security Trends & Movements, SEC 320
  • Safety & Security of Financial Institutions, SEC 348
  • Seminar in Security Problems, SEC 405
  • Theory & Design of Security Systems, SEC 753 

Scholarly Work

Books

 

Binns, C, & Sackman, B. The Art of Investigation II, Routelege (in press, anticipate publication date April 2023)

 

Binns, C. & Kempf, R. (Sept. 2020) Safety & Security in Hotels and Home Sharing, Springer, 2020

 

Binns, C. & Sackman, B. (Jan. 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. and Kempf, R. (2020) "Background Checks: The Theories Behind the Process." Security Journal.

 

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. "Energy" The Art of Investigation II, CRC Press (In Press, anticipated April 2023)

 

Binns, C. “Crime and Security” [Chapter 4] in Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations & Structures. Taylor and Francis/Routledge, December 2020.

 

Binns, C. (Jan. 2019) Government Employees Unaware they are Cybercrime Victims [Chapter 1] in Cybersecurity: Current Writings on Threats and Protection. Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), Mc Farland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina.

 

Binns, C. (Jan 2019) Law Enforcement Partnerships Enhance Cybersecurity Investigations [Chapter 47] in Cybersecurity: Current Writings on Threats and Protection. Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), Mc Farland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina.

 

Binns, C. (Sept. 2016) New York Corruption Investigation Trends [Chapter 19] in Corruption and America's Cities: Essays and Case Studies. Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), Mc Farland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina.

 

Binns, C. (Sept. 2016) Vigilence Required for New York Government Employees [Chapter 37] in Corruption and America's Cities: Essays and Case Studies. Gonzalez, J. & Kemp, R. (Eds.), Mc Farland & Company, Inc. Jefferson, North Carolina.

 

Professional Contributions

 

Fraud Intelligence “Mastering the Art of Investigation” 2021

 

ASIS Foundation "Using Social Media to Gather Security Intelligence." 2021

 

ACFE Fraud Magazine “Predication or not? Discerning when it is time to begin a fraud examination.” November/December 2020

 

John Jay College, Fierce Advocate “Can Corporate Hotlines be the Answer to the #MeToo Movement?” 2018

Springer Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management “Fraud Investigations.” 2018

 

Columbia Law School, Integrity in Brief, “Balancing Integrity with Privacy Interests: Fighting Cyber-Corruption with Background Checks.” 2017

 

ASIS Security Director, "Homeland Security Cellphone Searches: Effective Investigative Tool or Extreme Invasion of Privacy?” 2017

 

PA Times “Law Enforcement Partnerships Enhance Cybercrime Investigations.” 2017

 

ACFE Fraud Magazine “The Future is Now in Higher Education.” 2017

 

ACFE Fraud Magazine “Money Mule Profiling Can Help Solve, Prevent Crimes” 2015

 

Citibank Cyber Intelligence Journal “Fraud Hotlines and Cybercrime Prevention in the Financial Industry.” 2014

 

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 & investigations matters, including background checks, corporate crime, cybercrime, employee crime, financial crime, 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, Investigations, Organizational Fraud, General Deterrence Theory (GDT), Loss Prevention, Private Security Industry, Security Management/Standards

In The Media

Podcast/Radio

Great Women in Fraud Podcast with host Kelly Paxton: Episode 18 

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-18-chelsea-binns-professor...

How to Rocket Your PI Business with host John Hoda: Episode 15

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-to-rocket-your-pi-business-pod...

Tommy's Podcast Episode #252

https://open.spotify.com/episode/72XIYU0yWzNMjolqf4pZ7O

PI Perspectives Podcast: Fraud Investigations/The Art of Investigation with Chelsea Binns, with host Matthew Spaier

https://podcasts.apple.com/pg/podcast/fraud-investigations-chelsea-binns...

 

Print/Online

Documented NY "Identity theft sweeps NYC's Chinese community" 2022

Oxygen, Crime TV "Scams Like the Dale Prey on People's Hopes. Why Haven't We Gotten Better at Sniffing them Out? February 10, 2021

A&E "Why People Fake Their Own Death" February 9, 2021

Buzz Feed News A Powerful Catholic Group Is Facing Allegations of Insurance Fraud,” published on August 23, 2019.

NBC News MACH Here’s How AI Could Help Catch Shoplifters in the Act,” published on March 18, 2019.

Metro NY “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, Mentoring Young Fraud Professionals Gives CFE Purpose and Passion” April 19, 2017.

Online Presence