Chief operating officer Jeanette LeVie, CFE, celebrates retirement after 32 years with the ACFE, and the ACFE Foundation awards 23 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarships for 2024-2025 term

In March, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) staff gathered at the Chateau Bellevue in Austin, Texas, to bid farewell to Jeanette LeVie, CFE, who’s retiring after a remarkable decades-long career with the global anti-fraud company. LeVie was ACFE’s chief operating officer (COO).

“When I think about the past 32 years, the first thing that comes to mind is how did I get this old? The second is how grateful I am to have been part of such a dynamic organization,” reflects LeVie.

LeVie’s journey with the ACFE began in 1992 after she interviewed with ACFE founder and Chairman Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA.

“Jeanette responded to a newspaper article I’d placed for a personal assistant,” says Dr. Wells. “The competition was between Jeanette and one other person, and I didn’t originally pick Ms. LeVie. But after a week or so, it was clear I made the wrong choice. So, I called Jeanette back and offered her the job.”

LeVie was a course coordinator and helped edit and administer the CFE Exam, eventually becoming vice president of administration and chief operating officer. She helped Dr. Wells edit and prepare the ACFE’s Fraud Examiners Manual and made the CFE Exam accessible online. She also served on the ACFE Foundation Board of Directors, was a liaison to the ACFE Board of Regents, and helped establish the higher-education program, the Law Enforcement and Government Alliance program and the European Council on Economic Fraud.

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