Business ID Theft and Investigative Interview Techniques Print


Hello Everyone!

We are very pleased to welcome Frank Suponcic, Arvin Clar, and Mike Skrypek who will be our guest speakers for our October 19th presentation at the Embassy Suites on the topics of Business Identity Theft and Investigative Interviewing Techniques. Lunch and beverages will be served.

This will be our last event of 2018 bringing to close an exciting year of training that began with Cyber Crimes followed by our Fraud Day event with the IIA, to AML investigations, to our mandated Ethics training. All total, 20 CPE hours were provided which we hope to continue into 2019 and beyond. The Cleveland Chapter is your one-stop-shop for all of your CPE credits.

We are currently mapping out topics and presentations for next year. The first will be our Fraud Day event with the IIA slated for February 11, 2019 at the Embassy Suites. We’re looking forward to providing you the best training for your money and hope to continue mixing it up next year with even more events onsite where the investigations take place. Stay tuned for more event details as they become known.

On behalf of the Co-Presidents, Officers, and Board members, we want to thank you for making our chapter the leader in the community it is. We owe our success to all of you – our members and training attendees – Thank you everyone!!

Enjoy Your Fall and Holiday Season!


Speaker Biographies

Frank A. Suponcic, CPA, CFE, CFF. - Partner, Skoda Minotti

Frank A. Suponcic is a Partner in Skoda Minotti's Business Valuation and Litigation Advisory Services

Group ("BVLAS Group") with over 30 years of experience in public accounting. His primary responsibilities include assisting clients with strategic business consulting, management and financial and tax planning. In addition, he also manages virtually all forensic accounting engagements. Frank is a 1984 graduate of John Carroll University and holds a BS degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Frank's primary concentration is in the area of fraud and embezzlement. He has investigated and managed multi-million dollar forensic engagements. He also assists privately-held businesses strengthen internal controls, investigate payroll, cash receipts, cash disbursements, and expense reimbursement schemes. Furthermore, Frank regularly assists clients in evaluating their internal controls, identity theft, and general security to help minimize their likelihood of becoming a victim of a financial crime. As a member of the BVLAS Group Frank has been involved and testified in cases involving commercial disputes, economic damages, domestic relations matters internal control and municipal labor relations. He has written several articles on fraud, forensic accounting, and identity theft and is a frequent speaker on these subjects.

Frank is a professional member of the American Institute and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Active in the community, Frank was elected Lake County Recorder to three terms and he is a former Willowick City Councilman who was elected to six consecutive two-year terms, while serving as the former Finance Committee Chairman. He is currently a member of the Lake County Blue Coats, Lake County Economic Development Council, Willoughby Historical Society, an honorary member of the Lake County Association of Chiefs of Police and a 1996 graduate of the Leadership Lake County program. Frank and his family reside in Mentor.

Arvin Clar - Special Agent, Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Arvin E. Clar is a Special Agent with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  As a Special Agent with BCI, Arvin Clar assumes the responsibility for conducting overt as well as covert criminal investigations, performs various tasks in the field, such as subject, victim and witness interviewing.  Arvin Clar also serves as liaison to, and works in cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  In addition, Special Agent Arvin Clar provides courtroom evidence, testifies in court, and confers with prosecuting attorneys. Arvin Clar also assists in the training of new Special Agents with BCI.

Prior to joining BCI, Arvin Clar served with the Cleveland Police Department for over 29 years, where he held the assignment as a detective in the Financial Crimes Unit.  Arvin was responsible for the investigations of thousands of financial crime cases and prepared and presented these cases for state and federal prosecution.

Arvin Clar serves as Adjunct Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, in the College of Criminal Justice, where he has been an instructor for over 40 years, lecturing on courses of Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Criminal Investigation.

Arvin Clar also served as an assistant Vice President for Charter One Bank, served as the Bank Protection Coordinator for over 17 years, and oversaw the safety and investigation of fraud issues of 750 banking branches throughout five states.

Arvin Clar serves as a Certified Fraud Examiner and currently serves on the Northeast Ohio Chapter CFE Board.

Arvin Clar holds a Bachelor of Science and Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Akron.

Mike Skrypek, CFE  

Mike received his Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University with studies in Criminal Justice / Political Science and graduated from the University of Akron - Applied Science & Technology Law Enforcement Training Center / Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. 

Mike has been a Certified Fraud Examiner with the A.C.F.E. since 2009 and was appointed to the Northeast Ohio A.C.F.E. Chapter Board of Directors in 2011. 

Mike’s career encompasses over 30 years of business management, corporate misappropriation investigation, loss prevention, risk analysis / management, training, project management and independent consulting experience.  Mike has also served as a Precinct Election Official for the Ohio Secretary of State / Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, is commissioned and also currently serves as a State of Ohio Police Officer, was an Adjunct Criminal Justice Program Faculty Member / Instructor at Lakeland Community College / Kirkland, OH and was one of numerous co-authors for the Insurance Fraud Casebook - Paying a Premium for Crime - Wiley Publishing.


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Upcoming Events

February 11, 2019. Fraud Day event with the IIA at the Embassy Suites. 8 CPE credit hours. More details to follow.

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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:

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Adam Pajakowski, CIA, CFE

Senior Manager- Risk Consulting - Crowe Horwath, LLP

(216) 623-7539

[email protected]

John K. Heffner, CFE

2nd VP, Alerts Manager-Team 1 BSA/AML Dept. Financial Investigations

New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

(216) 588-7171

[email protected]

Vice President:

Jim Billman, CFE, CFI, LPC, PI

Manager - Veritas Solutions Group LLC


[email protected]


Casey Zdanko, CPA, CFE, CFF

Sr. Compensation and Benefits Analyst - KeyBank

(216) 471-3125

[email protected]


Shuyuan “Melissa” Sui CPA, CFE, CRMA, CGMA

Internal Auditor - NE Ohio Regional Sewer District

(216) 641-6000 x843

[email protected]


Directors:        Arvin E. Clar     

Special Agent – BCI

Special Investigations Unit

Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

(330) 659-4600 x345

[email protected]

Mike Skrypek, CFE

Bluestone Research and Consulting

(440) 570-2772

[email protected]

Dr. Linda G. Chase, CPA, CFE    

Accounting Professor

Baldwin Wallace University

(440) 826-3039

[email protected]

Ralph Barone, CFE     

Special Investigator

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office

(216) 698-3241

[email protected]

Christine M. Meador, CFE     

Forensic Accountant and

Management Consultant

Medica, LLC.

(216) 357-2646

[email protected]


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