Who We Are

Representing over 300 anti-fraud professionals across the Ocean State, the ACFE Rhode Island Chapter (RICFE) promotes fraud deterrence and detection, and the fostering of skills in the disciplines of accounting, auditing, criminology, investigation, law, and ethics. We hold quarterly training events open to members, students, and the general public.

About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

The ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 80,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

About the Rhode Island Chapter

The RICFE was started in 1992 and is one of more than 200 ACFE chapters located in 125 countries around the world. Our chapter membership consists approximately 100 members, but we represent nearly 300 anti-fraud professionals across the state. In 2005, our chapter was recognized by the ACFE as the Chapter of the Year. Our chapter is governed by our Bylaws and Special & Standing Rules.

The CFE Credential

The Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential denotes proven expertise in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. CFEs around the world help protect the global economy by uncovering fraud and implementing processes to prevent fraud from occurring in the first place.

Our Chapter supports the CFE credential by providing quality anti-fraud education, local networking, career support, and professional development opportunities. Individuals who are interested in taking their careers to the next level by earning the standard of excellence in the anti-fraud profession are encouraged to learn more.

The Original Ten of the RICFE

The Rhode Island Chapter started in 1992 by the petition of ten individuals and has been guided then by a succession of dedicated professionals. Annually, we conduct an Excellence Awards program as a tribute to their effort, vision and leadership. This Excellence Award is part of the luncheon at the Rhode Island Fraud Conference.

Peter G. Barton Robert F. Huntoon
Stephen M. Cooper+ Thomas J. Korzen
Clifford J. Coutcher John R. Reis
Shirley M. Egan Alan B. Stewart
John F. Fahey Norman F. Tancrell

Mission

The mission of the RICFE is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime across Rhode Island through the education of our membership in the areas of fraud detection and deterrence. To accomplish our mission, the RICFE:

  • provides basic fraud examination education through the four bodies of knowledge: financial transactions and fraud schemes; law; investigations; and fraud prevention and deterrence;
  • encourages networking amongst our membership in order to share experiences that can provide mutual assistance;
  • promotes students pursuing careers in anti-fraud fields with an interest in fraud detection and deterrence to become involved with the chapter and become a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Past Presidents

1992-95 Steven M. Cooper, CFE+
1995 Jack F. Fahey, CFE, EA
1996 Peter Fogarty, CFE
1997-98 Alan H. Ryder, CFE, CPA
1998-00 Lori A. Tellier, CFE, CPA
2000-02 Steven J. Ursillo, Jr., CFE, CPA, CIA
2002-05 Martha R. McVeigh, CFE
2005-07 Victoria S. Escalera, CFE, CPA, CIA
2007-09 Alan H. Ryder, CFE, CPA
2009-12 Phil Benvenuti, CFE, CIA, FCLS
2012-14 Jared B. Wilbur, CFE, CICA
2014-18 Laura Da Fonseca, CFE, CPA, MST, CDFA, CFF
2018-Present Evan A. Lemoine, CFE, CPA, CGMA, PRP, MBA

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+ Deceased