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Richard Riley Ph.D., CPA, CFE, CFF

Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting and Master of Forensic and Fraud Examination Program Coordinator, Accounting


Richard A. (Dick) Riley, Jr., is the Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting at West Virginia University.  He is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Fraud Prevention.

Since 2002, Dr. Riley has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support services, offering deposition and trial testimony. He has published four books: Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection with Zabi Rezaee (John Wiley & Sons, 2010); Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination with Joseph Wells and Mary-Jo Kranacher (John Wiley & Sons, 2011); Fraud Examination for Fraudulent Financial Reporting with Steven Albrecht, Chad Albrecht and Mark Zimbelman (, 2015); Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities with Richard Dull (WVU Press, 2015). 

Dr. Riley has been recognized nationally for his contributions in forensic accounting and fraud examination: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2008 Educator of the Year; 2012 ACFE Hubbard Outstanding Achievement Award*; 2009 American Accounting Association Innovations in Accounting Education Award; The 2013 Max Block Award* from the CPA Journal; the 2013 American Accounting Association FIA Section Outstanding Research Manuscript*. In 2013, the West Virginia University Foundation recognized him for his outstanding teaching, the highest recognition for teaching at WVU. In 2014, Dr. Riley was recognized by the WV Society of CPAs as Educator of the Year and by Wheeling Jesuit University for is service to the institution.  In 2015, WVU College of Business & Economics presented him with the Dean’s Special Recognition for the Coursera MOOC and 21,600 participating students (with Richard Dull).

At West Virginia University, he not only teaches traditional accounting classes but also works in the classroom in the areas of forensic accounting / fraud examination (FAFE), performance measurement and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Riley is a CPA, CFE, CFF, forensic accountant and fraud examiner who has developed and implemented fraud and forensic accounting education programs for the United States National Institute of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Dr. Riley possesses an undergraduate degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, a Masters of Professional Accountancy from West Virginia University and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Tennessee.  He has published 46 research papers, including manuscripts in Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, among other top quality journals.  

* These awards were shared with co-authors: Jack Dorminey, Scott Fleming and Mary-Jo Kranacher.



  • Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Tennessee
  • Masters of Professional Accountancy, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Accounting, Wheeling Jesuit University