About The Central Ohio ACFE

central-ohio-chapter_highresWe are the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (COACFE), the official local chapter of the ACFE®.

COACFE was founded in 1992 and has a membership of about 100 members. Our members work in a variety of industries including finance, government, insurance, security and academic. We also have a good representation of students at various local universities interested in pursuing anti-fraud careers.

In addition to regularly scheduled luncheons with insightful and engaging speakers, the Chapter co-sponsors the annual 2-day Emerging Trends in Fraud Investigation and Prevention conference held in Columbus, Ohio. The 2016 Conference drew 683 attendees from around the region.

The Chapter has previously donated approximately $10,000 in equipment to the fraud divisions of local police departments through Chapter community service projects. Our Chapter also provides financial support to the ACFE Richie-Jennings Scholarship program.

Our 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

COACFE Board of Directors

Melissa Smart, CFE

Mid West Electronic Crimes Manager
Global Security & Investigations
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
(614) 248-3057

Vice President
David K. Dennis, PhD, CPA, CFE

Phone: 614.260.4938

Danny Case, CFE, CPA

American Electric Power Service Corporation
5047 Cashion Drive
Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-716-1153


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Board Member
Kerri Bashore, CFE, CAMS

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Director – Financial Crimes & Sanctions Compliance

Board Member
Melissa Butsko, CFE

Global Security & Investigations
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Board Member 
Nancy Barber, CFE, CIA

Board Member
Michelle King, CFE, CIA, CRMA

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