In Memoriam: Joseph W. Koletar, DPA, CFE, and three members join ACFE Board of Regents for 2024-2025

In Memoriam: Joseph W. Koletar, DPA, CFE

Joseph W. Koletar, DPA, CFE, passed away on Nov. 24, 2023. The former FBI agent and member of the ACFE Board of Regents is remembered for his remarkable strength and courage.

Koletar was born in Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University, a master of science in industrial administration from George Washington University, and a master and doctor of public administration from the University of Southern California. He was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Special Security Group and served as a special agent and senior executive in the FBI for 25 years. While in the FBI, he was a special agent in charge, inspector, section chief and national program manager for the Witness Protection Program.

“I’d known Joe Koletar for nearly five decades, having met when we were both FBI agents in Manhattan,” says ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA. “Mr. Koletar’s reputation for tenacity was unsurpassed. At the time, he was on the Fugitive Squad, where his conquests were the stuff of legends. Whether it was a dangerous fugitive or a Top Ten criminal on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted List,’ Koletar’s name was called by his superiors more often than any other agent I knew.”

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