Mary-Jo Kranacher, MBA, CPA/CFF, CFE

Mary-Jo Kranacher, MBA, CPA/CFF, CFE

Affiliate Expert

Mary-Jo Kranacher is an Affiliate Expert with the Bates Group and is based in New York. She is a certified public accountant (CPA), a certified fraud examiner (CFE), and certified in financial forensics (CFF). Ms. Kranacher is the ACFE Endowed Professor of Fraud Examination and former department chairman for Accounting & Finance in the School of Business & Information Systems at York College of The City University of New York (CUNY). She is the former editor-in-chief of The CPA Journal and is President Emeritus of the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), an industry/university cooperative research center for the prevention of fraud and corruption.

Professor Kranacher co-authored a bestselling textbook titled "Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination," published by John Wiley & Sons (2010). She served as a subject matter expert for the U. S. Department of Justice's grant-funded project that developed a model curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting education. She has conducted forensic engagements related to asset misappropriation, fraudulent financial statements, and expense reimbursement schemes. Her articles have won awards from both academic and practitioner organizations. Professor Kranacher writes and speaks extensively on anti-fraud education, forensic accounting, fraud detection and deterrence, professional ethics, and accounting education and was named the 2009 ACFE Educator of the Year.


Mary-Jo Kranacher, MBA, CPA/CFF, CFE

A Consultant and subject matter expert in these services:



Bates Group, Affiliate Expert, March 2014 - Present

York College, The City University of New York, Department of Accounting and Business, ACFE Endowed Professor of Fraud Examination, Sept 2009 - present

  • Professor, Sept 2009 - present
  • Chairperson, July 2009 - 2012
  • Associate Professor, Sept 2005 - Sept 2009
  • Chairperson, July 2005 - June 2006
  • Assistant Professor, Sept 1999 - Aug 2005
  • Adjunct Instructor, 1985 - 1996
  • Courses taught: Principles of Accounting 1 & 2, Intermediate Accounting 1 & 2, Federal Income Taxation, Auditing, Advanced Auditing, Business Finance, and Fraud Examination.
  • Departmental, College and University Committee Assignments:
  • Department chair, Accounting & Finance, 2009-2012
  • Board member, York College Foundation, 2008-present
  • Chair, Business faculty search committee, 2008-2009
  • Department chair, Accounting & Business, 2005-2006

The CPA Journal, The New York State Society of CPAs, Editor-in-Chief, January 2006 - 2013

University Accounting Office, the City University of New York, University Director of Trusts & Gifts Management, 1994 - August 1999


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP) – President (December 2009- December 2011)

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

Board of Regents 2004-2006
Higher Education Committee (Chair 2004-2006)

American Accounting Association (AAA)

Auditing Section
Forensic and Investigative Accounting Section
International Accounting Standards Section

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Forensic and Valuation Services (FVS) Section

NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)

Financial Executives International (FEI)

Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)


St. John’s University, College of Business Administration, Jamaica, NY, Masters of Business Administration, September 1981

  • Major: Public Accounting/Finance (cum laude)
  • Honors: Dean’s List

York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, NY, Bachelor of Science, June 1979

  • Major: Accounting/Economics (cum laude)
  • Honors: Dean’s List

2009 ACFE Educator of the Year;

2010 York College Alumni Distinguished Faculty;

2010 Fraud Magazine Columnist Recognition;

2012 ACFE Hubbard Award (for best 2011 article in Fraud Magazine),

2013 Best Research Paper (AAA FIA section)



  • Kranacher, MJ, Riley, R., Wells, J., Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., June 2010

Contributing Author for:

  • Wells, Joseph T., Principles of Fraud Examination, Second edition (chapters 10, 11, 12 & 15), New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008
  • Wells, Joseph T., Principles of Fraud Examination (chapters 10, 11, 12 & 14), New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004

Online Supplemental Instructional Resource

  • Solutions Manual for the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination textbook published by Wiley & Sons, Inc., June 2010
  • Instructors' Manual for the Principles of Fraud Examination textbook published by Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004

*References, Articles, CPA Journal Interviews, Editorials, Educational Programs, Presentations and other scholarly and professional activities are available upon request.