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April 5, 2010
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830
Jerry W. Lin, Associate Professor of Accounting, UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics 218 726-7972

UMD Accounting Students to Receive
Advanced Training from Federal IRS Agents
Criminal Investigation Unit

April 13

UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) will host an advanced forensic accounting training program conducted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) April 13, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the UMD LSBE Building. Sixteen IRS Special Agents will implement the program, referred to as the Adrian Project, to build on the increasing interest of students in investigating fraud through forensic accounting.

The intensive IRS training is an opportunity for students in the UMD LSBE Fraud Examination class, taught by Professor Jerry Lin, to experience working through a mock fraud investigation case.

The Adrian Project is a unique program that places college level accounting students into groups, where they are assigned one of five hypothetical financial crimes that they will work to solve. Each group of students will have an assigned IRS Special Agent or retiree as their coach to provide learning points throughout the duration of the exercise. Students will become "Honorary Agents" for the day and will be expected to follow the paper trail that is provided in order to expose the fraud.

The advanced workshop provided by the IRS will open students' eyes to a different type of career available in the accounting profession. Students will have the opportunity to accomplish the following:

  • obtain information about a career in forensic accounting,
  • gain hands-on experience with simulated cases,
  • interact with IRS Criminal Investigators
  • have the opportunity to look into a career within the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.

Through this rigorous program, students will be exposed to the inner workings of a fraud investigation through the eyes of an IRS Special Agent. Students in pursuit of their accounting degree will be shown forensic career opportunities, via the highly interactive experience.

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