About Us

    We are the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). 

    The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with nearly 50,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

    Based in Austin, Texas, the ACFE was founded in 1988 by preeminent fraud expert and author, Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA. Dr. Wells’ insight as an accountant-turned-FBI agent led to the formation of a common body of knowledge known today as fraud examination. 

    About The Northeast Ohio ACFE Chapter

    The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (NEOACFE) is an official local chapter of the ACFE®. The NEOACFE is a non-profit corporation and is incorporated/registered with the State of Ohio as such as well as with the IRS as determined and defined under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4). 

    NEOACFE is based in Cleveland, Ohio and was established in 1990 and has a membership of about 50 members. Our members work in a wide variety of industries including private businesses, finance, government, law enforcement, security and academic. We also have a good representation of students from various local universities who have an interest in achieving an anti-fraud career.

    In addition to hosting regularly scheduled meetings with insightful and engaging speakers, the Chapter also enjoys co-sponsoring events with other local anti-fraud chapters as well as having such events held onsite with participating businesses or governmental agencies thus building strong community relationships while providing exciting and sometimes hands-on training.  

    The Chapter also supports local charities by making donations or volunteering for sponsored events. In addition, the NEOACFE has an annual Scholarship Program whereby it selects number of local colleges and universities each year to receive a sizable scholarship to be awarded deserving students pursuing an anti-fraud career.

    The ACFE Mission

    The mission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the Membership in fraud detection and deterrence. To accomplish our mission, the ACFE:

    • Provides bona fide qualifications for Certified Fraud Examiners through administration of the CFE Examination

    • Sets high standards for admission, including demonstrated competence through mandatory continuing professional education

    • Requires Certified Fraud Examiners to adhere to a strict code of professional conduct and ethics

    • Serves as the international representative for Certified Fraud Examiners to business, government and academic institutions

    • Provides leadership to inspire public confidence in the integrity, objectivity, and professionalism of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    The ACFE requires all chapter officers, directors, and members to acknowledge the Mission Statement of the ACFE and abide by the Code of Professional Ethics.