A professor who helped bring the forensic accounting program to West Virginia University is the recipient of a national honor.

Richard Riley , the Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting in WVU s College of Business and Economics , has been named 2009 recipient of the Innovations in Accounting Education Award given each year by the American Accounting Association .

He will receive the award at the organizations annual meeting in New York in August.

Riley was instrumental in creating the forensic accounting and fraud investigation graduate program in 2004. He was also part of a group that created national curriculum guidelines for such programs under a grant from the National Institute of Justice and implemented an educational program for the Internal Revenue Service.

Last year he received the Association of Certified Fraud ExaminersEducator of the Year award.

Richard Riley has brought the issue of education for forensic accountants and fraud investigators into focus,said William Trumbull , interim dean of the College of Business and Economics.This is his second national award in as many years, and his value as a researcher and educator at WVU has again been well demonstrated.

Riley joined the WVU faculty in 1998. Since 2002, he has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support for the mining, construction and minerals processing industries and investigated biometrics for the biometrics industry and automated litigation support for the Department of Justice.

Riley and Dr. Tim Pearson , director of the Division of Accounting, were instrumental in bringing the Institute for Fraud Prevention to WVU .

Riley has two forthcoming books:Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detectionwith Zabi Rezaee and a forensic accounting and fraud examination textbook with Joseph Wells and Mary-Jo Kranacher. Before joining WVU , Riley was senior accountant at Deloitte&Touche and vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Georgetown Leather Design Co. and Jordan Kitts Music.

He holds a bachelors degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, a masters degree in professional accountancy from WVU and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.