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OVU Forensic Investigative Accounting


Vienna, W.Va.—Accounting Degree Review recognized Ohio Valley University, citing OVU’s newest offering to business students, which ADR editors ranked nineteenth among the nation’s universities having similar programs: 

Ohio Valley University offers a unique undergraduate Forensic Investigative Accounting Degree through their College of Business, as an answer to the industry call for more trained leaders in the fastest growing section of the accounting profession. The faculty of this program are internationally recognized professionals and agents in the field, many of whom have experience working with the FBI and CIA. Students are guaranteed to be granted internships, and other hands-on experience, including a capstone project that will include a large scale forensic investigation. Graduates of the program are ready to work immediately upon completion, and should be prepared to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner Exam as well as the Certified Internal Auditor Exam.

Special care has been taken to engage professionals in the field as faculty for the FIA program. These individuals make up the exceptional team whose expertise provides OVU students with an invaluable opportunity:

Peter Ianniciello, CPA, CMA, CIA, the program director, has worked as an Internal Revenue Agent and as a fraud auditor with the Defense Department and spent several years with Price, Waterhouse Coopers as an auditor. He brings a wealth of education and experience to the program.

Secretary Jeff Sandy, CAMS, CFE, PI, has been instrumental in establishing and supporting the program. Secretary Sandy was a decorated criminal investigator with the IRS and has worked as a consultant on many high profile investigations into terrorist activities. He was a key investigator in the task force that captured Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War. He currently serves as Secretary of West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS). OVU is privileged to have him in the program.

Steven Patterson, CFE, is an accomplished fraud investigator having over twenty years of fraud investigation experience in private industry. He currently works at the nationally recognized Fusion Center in Charleston, WV, as an analyst. Mr. Patterson is a nationally recognized speaker on forensic subjects, particularly interviewing skills. He serves as instructor and contributes to curriculum development.

John Triplett, JD,is an accomplished trial lawyer who has practiced in the US military judicial system as well as the civil and criminal civilian courts. Attorney Triplett has utilized forensic investigators throughout his career and gives students a unique perspective on this area of the profession.

Susan Stout, Master Microsoft Office Specialist, is co-director and administrative head of the program. She teaches the Microsoft suite to FIA students as well as to others in the School of Business. She brings years of teaching and administrative skills to the program and is responsible for the successful design of the curriculum.

The FIA program began in the fall term of 2016. Academic requirements for admission into and continuation in the program are high in order to meet the demands of potential employers. As indicated in the ADR article, the curriculum is designed to allow graduates to enter the profession well prepared to begin their careers as forensic experts. Upon graduation this May, 2018, the first two OVU graduates to complete the FIA program, Chloe Miller and Kyle Moore, will sit for the Certified Fraud Examination evaluation. Once obtained, CFE certification is recognized internationally within the forensic investigative accounting profession. Chloe and Kyle are currently seeking employment with national fraud investigation firms.

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