Retired agent Keith Kelly served with the FBI for twenty-seven years. Keith, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), worked a variety of assignments during his career, including being a member of the New York Division SWAT Team, extensive experience as an undercover agent, following the money trail of international drugs cases and other criminal enterprises involved in distribution and racketeering, and specializing in complex financial and money laundering investigations. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Keith Kelly reviews his most high-profiled assignment as the case-agent of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, a 21-person inter-agency investigation into the largest securities fraud case in history. This work resulted in the identification, seizure and forfeiture of more than $8 billion in assets along with the conviction of Bernard Madoff who received a 150-year jail sentence.
Special Agent (Retired)
11/13/1983 – 10/22/2010
During a recent interview about the FBI’s investigation of Bernard Madoff, Keith Kelly told ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross that Madoff had planned to destroy some of the most damning evidence against him. At the time of his arrest, Madoff already arranged for 50 boxes of documents to be taken to a warehouse where they were shredded. Kelly said the case was so document-intensive, had he shredded more, “the case against him would’ve been very, very difficult,” resulting in much less serious criminal charges. The following are a video of that interview and other news stories featuring the Bernie Madoff case: