April/May 2019 Newsletter Print

President's Letter

Hello Everyone,
Everyone at the ACFENEO is looking forward to
seeing you all at our next big event as our chapter
partners with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation
(BCI) in Richfield, Ohio on Friday, May 3rd . We have
four guest speakers scheduled coming from the
Department of Justice, FBI, and OPOTA. While the
topics are familiar with us all in the financial sectors,
this presentation is sure to provide you with a different
point of view and perspective as shown through the
eyes of law enforcement via their intriguing case
studies. Be sure to check out our speaker’s
biographies and related topics they’ll be discussing in
this latest issue.
We’re also very proud to be partnering once again
with our friends at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
We will have a representative join us sometime during
the lunch break to provide a brief overview of the
Food Bank as well as an understanding of all the great
things they do in our community. At last year’s BCI
event, our chapter donated $500 to the Food Bank
which provided for upwards of 2,000 meals as the
Food Bank was able to provide 4 meals with every
dollar donated. We’re hoping to do a little better than
that this year with your help in registering and
attending this event.
So, please come and join us for this 6 CPE event on
May 3 rd . You’ll receive some great training and help
us to make a generous donation to the Great Cleveland
Food Bank so we may all partake in giving back and
helping those in our community.

Lastly, this is our final spring seminar as we break for
summer. Plans are already in the works to possibly
hold our next training venture sometime in August or
late summer. Details will be released once everything
has been finalized – stay tuned.

Thank you!

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Speaker Biographies

Brian McDonough, USDOJ - components of a successful financial crime case, such as Elderly exploitation to major financial crimes. Brian is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  His presentation of the components of a successful financial crimes case would be of value to both prosecuting and defense attorneys as well as investigators that handle health care fraud, drug trafficking, and money laundering.  In December of 2017, he was recognized for excellence in criminal advocacy for his work prosecuting U.S. v. Rydze, et al., in which two people were convicted of charges involving health care fraud, drug trafficking, and money laundering offenses. Rydze was the former team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as an FBI-contract physician, and an Olympic silver medalist in platform diving in Munich in 1972.  

Micah Stoll, OPOTA - Sovereign citizen history in Ohio, ‘Paper terrorism’ tactics used. Micah works for the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy division of the Ohio Attorneys General’s office.  Micah joined the OPOTA staff in May 2013. He was a police officer in Illinois for 10 years with the Rochester Police Department and served on the Sangamon County Tactical Response Unit.  He will be speaking on the “Paper Terrorism” tactics used by the Sovereign Citizen movement. Paper terrorism is a neologism to refer to the use of false liens, frivolous lawsuits, bogus letters of credit, and other legal documents lacking sound factual basis as a method of harassment, especially against government officials.  His presentation would be of value to Judges, prosecuting and defense attorneys, and investigators that handle financial crimes.

Joseph Krupla – Sovereign citizens and financial institution dealings. Joseph Krupla currently works for New York Community Bank as a BSA/AML Senior Analyst assigned to complex investigations. He has been with the bank for 3 years and previously worked as a BSA/AML Investigator for Gabriel Partners LLC and having served in the United States Army from 2002 to 2014. Joe graduated from John Carroll University in 2007 with a degree in Sociology and a certificate in Criminology.

Thomas E. Corrigan, FBI Financial Crimes Unit. Investigations, prosecutions, case studies. Thomas E. Corrigan is a FBI Special Agent currently assigned to the Health Care Fraud Squad with the FBI’s Cleveland Division.  Tom has over sixteen years of experience with the FBI with extensive background investigating Health Care Fraud and a variety of other economic crimes.  Prior to joining the FBI, Tom had over thirteen years of private sector experience including PriceWaterhouseCoopers specializing in audit and risk management consulting and KeyBank in audit and commercial lending.  Tom is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has a Masters in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Matthew Beckwith, FBI - Cyber-currency. Matt Beckwith is a Forensic Accountant with the FBI.  Matt has 9 years of experience with the FBI focusing on Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering investigations and is an active member of the Cleveland Virtual Currency Working Group.  Prior to joining the FBI, Matt was a Senior Audit Associate at KPMG, LLP.  Matt graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting and obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cleveland State University.   Matt holds the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), and Cyber Security Certified in Information Security Fundamentals (GISF). 

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Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided more than 57 million meals in 2018 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland and Richland counties.

For more information about the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, visit:

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Upcoming Events

Financial Crimes and Case Studies

When: May 3, 2019

6 CPE Hours

Meeting Location: 
Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI)
Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy’s Auditorium
4055 Highlander Parkway

Richfield, Ohio 44286

Registration: 7:00am – 8:00am
Speaker 1:     8:15am – 9:45am
Break:            9:45am –10:00am
Speaker 2:    10:00am –11:30am
Lunch:          11:30am –12:15pm (with Greater Cleveland Food Bank)
Speaker 3:    12:30pm – 2:00pm
Break:             2:00pm – 2:15pm

Speaker 4:      2:15pm – 3:45pm

Special Rates:
  • $55.00 Law Enforcement
  • $70.00 ACFE Associate & Chapter Members
  • $80.00 Non-ACFE Members
  • Students Free (Limited student seating available)


All major credit cards accepted.
Checks and cash are accepted at the door but must be pre-registered.


All major credit cards accepted.

Checks and cash are accepted at the door, but must be pre-registered

Refund Requests must be received in writing (via email) at least 24 hours in advance of the event. If that requirement is met, a complete refund will be granted. Please include name, mailing address and reason for not being able to attend.

As we understand schedules and commitments are dynamic and can change with little notice, we will also consider refunds on a case by case basis provided the request is received in writing (via email) within 24 hours after the event is held. A full or partial refund may be granted minus any applicable event fees (meals, processing, etc.) as some fees are not recoverable.


May 8-9, 2019 – Columbus, OH. The Columbus Chapter is hosting its 19th Annual Emerging Trends in Fraud Investigation & Prevention Conference. 16 CPE. Costs range from $350 for government employees to $400 for private sector. For more details and/or to register, please visit:


May 13, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA. The Pittsburgh IIA and ACFE Chapters are presenting a Fraud and Corruption Awareness Seminar. 8 CPE (includes 3 hours of Ethics). $225 for members, $275 for non-members. For more details and/or to register, please visit:


August or Late Summer 2019 – Cleveland, OH. Your Cleveland/Northeast Ohio ACFE Chapter is planning yet another great training venture – Details are still being discussed and planned for. Stay tuned for more details to be released in the coming weeks.

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Annual Dues

Annual Northeast Ohio Chapter Dues 2019

Dues run from January 1st - December 31st. The annual cost is $25.00.
Please Note: The Dues for the Northeast Ohio Chapter are NOT included in your annual Associate ACFE Membership Dues. Local Chapter membership is separate from the National ACFE. In order to receive the special rates offered by the Chapter, you must be a Chapter Member.

To Join:
All major credit cards accepted via Paypal.

Special Note Regarding Registering for ACFENEO Events

Please Note: Some of you have reported difficulties in registering for our event via our website that is administered by Star Chapter. Instead of registering as a Chapter Member, you may have registered as a guest.

Please be sure to double check your Chapter Membership. If you’ve paid your annual Chapter dues for 2019, you should have no difficulty in registering as a chapter member. This will also ensure that you received any applicable discounts to trainings because you are a chapter member.

If your membership has lapsed or if you choose not to renew but still would like to attend one of our trainings, you can always register as a guest. However, non-chapter members may be subject to the higher registration rate for trainings.

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John K. Heffner, CFE
New York Community Bancorp, Inc.
e-mail: [email protected]

Vice President
James Billman, CFE, CFI, LPC, PI
Veritas Solutions Group, LLC
e-mail: [email protected]

Allison Smith, MBA, CFE, CAMS
MAI Capital Management
e-mail: [email protected]

Melissa Sui, CPA, CFE, CRMA, CGMA
NE Ohio Regional Sewer District
e-mail: [email protected]

Ralph Barone, CFE, CAMS
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office
e-mail: [email protected]

Linda Chase, CPA, CFE
Baldwin Wallace University
e-mail: [email protected]

Arvin Clar
Ohio Attorney General
e-mail: [email protected]

Christine Meador, CFE
Medica, LLC
e-mail: [email protected]

Michael Skrypek, CFE
Bluestone Research and Consulting
e-mail: [email protected]

Casey Zdanko, CPA, CFF, CFE
e-mail: [email protected]

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Career Opportunities

Are you, your company, or agency looking for qualified candidates to fill open positions related to fraud or fraud investigation? Let us know. We can post that information in our Rap Sheet Newsletter that gets widely distributed to many individuals in an array of related fields


Internal Auditor
Cleveland Metroparks
For more detail, visit:

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Speak Up!

Do you have a topic you would like to see presented at our Chapter or know a speaker that could volunteer their time and expertise to the Chapter?

Let us know. Give us a call or drop us a line.

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