EMU students join IRS for another day in fraud investigation exercise

by Pamela Young, Published March 03, 2009

YPSILANTI — Typically, people avoid the Internal Revenue Service.

Not Eastern Michigan University College of Business accounting students. On Friday, March 6, they will take part in the IRS’ Fraud Investigation Day.

About 30 EMU accounting students are expected to join current and retired IRS agents to solve mock fraud cases at the College of Business. Some students may wear a wire to try to get a confession from a less-than reputable business owner, portrayed by an IRS agent, who had two sets of books.

This is the third time EMU has participated in the investigation exercise. The other ones took place in 2004 and 2006.

“This provides our accounting majors with an excellent opportunity to work with IRS agents in using real-world fraud detection skills in solving fictitious financial crimes,” said Daniel Brickner, associate professor, Department of Accounting and Finance, EMU College of Business.

The IRS and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants sponsor the program.

 “We hope to expose students, through an interactive learning experience, to the inner workings of a fraud investigation through the eyes of an IRS Special Agent,” said Stephen Moore, public information officer for Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. “They’re going to be able to use the knowledge they’ve gained through their accounting education from EMU and apply it to a real-life situation.”

EMU’s College of Business has been ranked among the “Best Business Schools” five straight years, according to The Princeton Review. The college hosts the nation’s only Ethos Week each year in March and is also the first to create an “Ethos Statement” and “Ethos Honor Society.”

Visit cob.emich.edu for more information.

Pamela Young

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