President's Letter

Hello Everyone!

We had so much fun last year at Progressive Field, how could we not try for a repeat in 2020 to present our annual Ethics training? Well, here we are and we’re pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with our good friends at the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field to have our annual Ethics training at the Terrace Club.

Please join us on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 11:30- 3:30 as we welcome Dr. Linda G. Chase, CPA, CFE, Department Chair of Accounting at Baldwin Wallace, Ralph Barone, CFE, CAMS, Special Investigator at the Cuyahoga Prosecutor’s Office, andRyan Siebel, CPA, Partner at Marcum LLP. Each will present their own presentation and perspectives on the topic of Ethics.

Ethics training, as you know, is an annual (2 CPE) mandate from the National ACFE for all those who hold the CFE designation. However, we recognize that many of our friends and members in the community hold the CPA designation as well which requires them to attain 3 CPE credit hours annually for Ethics. So, this year our program will be extended to sufficiently accommodate both professional designations at 3CPEs for Ethics.

Additionally, our Chapter and program will once again be an approved sponsor with the Accountancy Board of Ohio for 2020. Thus, NEOACFE’s Ethics program makes for a Win-Win situation for everyone!

Please keep in mind that parking costs are not included in the event cost. However, we kept that in mind preparing for this event. Typically. the National ACFE charges upwards of between $80-$90 for their 2 CPE Ethics training. We’re providing you a total of 3 CPEs in this event for just $75 - nearly 20% less than the National plus you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch that is included in the price. And that’s not all either – we’re planning on some other special treats as well during this event. So, you’ll just have to attend to get the full effect of this great program. It’s sure to be a great experience!

All ACFE Members must meet the strict conditions for admission to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Thereafter, all of us must exemplify the highest moral and ethical standards and must agree to abide by the bylaws of the ACFE and the Code of Professional Ethics.

To review information on the ACFE Code of Ethics as well as the Code of Professional Standards, please visit the ACFE’s site linked below:

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Friday, April 3, 2020


Progressive Field – TERRACE CLUB
2401 Ontario St. 
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Enter through the Media Gate on Eagle Avenue

(Metal detectors upon entry)

Registration: 11:30am – 12:00pm
Lunch:          12:00pm – 12:45pm
Presentation:  12:45pm – 3:35pm (Includes 2 breaks)



$75.00 Chapter Members
$75.00 Non-Chapter Members
$25.00 Students




Dr. Chase is the Department Chair and tenured accounting professor in the School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University and entering her 19th year full-time, 23nd year including her work as an adjunct professor. Dr. Chase’s main teaching load consists of financial based courses –Fraud Examination, and Principles, Intermediate, and Advanced Accounting.   

She has volunteered for multiple positions with the global ACFE headquarters. Dr. Chase has served for many years on the Advisory Board of The Fraud Magazine, submitted book reviews to the ACFE, reviewed Joseph Well’s personal memoir prior to publication, and was active on the Higher Education Partnership Committee.  

Beyond the time Dr. Chase spends time at her job in higher education, she finds time to work out, read suspense novels, and walk her Bichon.




Since 2007, Ralph Barone, CFE, CAMS has been a Special Investigator with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in Cleveland. He is currently assigned to a Major Crime Task Force, established jointly by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission. Prior to this, he was assigned to a Public Corruption Task Force named “Operation Broken Trust” and a member of a Mortgage Fraud Task Force named “Operation Clean House”, both of which were established jointly by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and The Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission.

Ralph graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology in 1973. Soon after he was employed as a Patrolman for the Edinboro, PA Police Department and in 1979 became Chief of Police until 1994. Post police work, he spent some time as a licensed realtor in Pennsylvania and worked as a Branch Manager for A.T. Systems, an armored transport service company.

Ralph became a Certified Fraud Examiners in 2010 and received training at the National White-Collar Crime Center in the areas of Financial Investigation and Financial Records Examination and Analysis in 2012 and 2013. He then received his designation as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and obtained a Private Investigator’s license in 2018.

In his off time, Ralph serves as an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice at Remington College, has fun and enjoys his 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren, conducting genealogy research on his family, plays golf and collects Bruce Springsteen music and memorabilia. 



Ryan is a member of Marcum’s Assurance Services Group. He has over 18 years of experience in public accounting and financial reporting with both publicly held and privately owned organizations. Ryan provides quality control leadership in that department in addition to supervising and managing audits and reviews in various industries. He has significant experience with manufacturing, governmental, nonprofit and technology organizations, as well as internal control projects and carve-out financial reporting. 

Prior to joining Marcum, Ryan held several positions with a multinational accounting firm and was part of the annual audit process for large SEC clients. He served for several years in a national office role developing and delivering training materials for other audit professionals and authoring audit documentation templates, resources, and best practices. In this capacity, he developed substantial portions of the firm’s standard working paper templates for audits of non-public entities.


All major credit cards accepted.


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.



$75.00 NEOACFE Chapter Member Ticket

$75.00 NON-Chapter Member Ticket


Ryan holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, also from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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2019 was an exciting year for ACFENEO. We owe all of our succcess to all who support us from our members, attendees, speakers, and other partners we collaborate within our community.

One of the most humbling achievements received in 2019 was being nominated for Chapter of the Year. NEOACFE came in 6th place globally and 4th place nationally behind Columbus, Ohio. Regardless, this is an incredible and unprecedented achievement for our chapter and we’re all very proud of what we do and of those who we serve.

Nominations for 2020 have just recently been opened by the National ACFE for an array of achievements from CFE of the year to Chapter of the Year.

NEOACFE would welcome the opportunity to win or otherwise gain your vote for any of the choice highlighted for this year. We would love to see the great momentum we’ve built continue to even greater heights.

Won’t you please consider nominating an ACFE colleague and the ACFENEO chapter for any or all of the following awards?

Chapter of the Year

Achievement in Outreach/Community Service

Chapter Website of the Year

  • Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year

  • Educator of the Year

Whether you’re a member, non-member, or other supporter of our chapter, we graciously ask for your vote and nomination, especially for Chapter of the Year 2020 or for any other award that you choose.

Thank you for your continued support, partnership, and friendship.

To vote, please visit the

Award Nominations Page

provided by the National ACFE

The deadline to submit your award nomination is March 16, 2020.

Your vote means a lot to us!

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Upcoming Events

March 20, 2020. The Northeast Ohio ACAMS Chapter, IRS Criminial Investigative Unit, and the FBI are finalizing a Free one-day anti-money laundering event to be held at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio.

April 3, 2020. NEOACFE Ethics training. 3 CPE. Progressive Field.

April 24, 2020. NEOACFE all-day training event at BCI in Richfield, Ohio. Multiple speakers and upwards of 6 CPE credits. More details coming soon.

May 4-5, 2020. The National ACFE is coming back to Cleveland for a special 2-Day training event on Cyberfraud and Data Breaches. This will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Cleveland. 16 CPE credits. For more details, See Cyberfraud and Data Breaches.

May 18-19, 2020. Columbus/Central Ohio ACFE’s Emerging Trends in Fraud Conference. 2-Day training event to be held at the Columbus Convention Center near the Hilton Downtown Columbus Hotel. 16 CPE. For more details, See Emerging Trends in Fraud.

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Annual Dues

NEW FOR 2020

Annual Northeast Ohio 2020 Chapter Dues
(Dues run from January 1st - December 31st)


The annual cost is as follows:

Regular Membership $20.00
Law Enforcement/Gov’t  $15.00
Students FREE

For groups of 5 or more from the same employer, firm, or agency, an additional 15% discount will apply. Please contact NEOACFE for more details and to register as a group.

All membership levels must register as such through our website unless otherwise specified. Please see below. 

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.

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John K. Heffner, CFE
New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

Vice President
James Billman, CFE, CFI, LPC, PI
Veritas Solutions Group, LLC

Allison Bores, MBA, CFE, CAMS
MAI Capital Management

Melissa Sui, CPA, CFE, CRMA, CGMA
NE Ohio Regional Sewer District

Ralph Barone, CFE, CAMS
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

Allison Bores, MBA, CFE, CAMS
MAI Capital Management

Linda Chase, CPA, CFE
Baldwin Wallace University

Arvin Clar
Ohio Attorney General

Christine Meador, CFE
Medica, LLC

Adam Pajakowski

Michael Skrypek, CFE
Bluestone Research and Consulting

Frank Suponcic
Skoda Minotti

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