EMU students join IRS for the day in fraud investigation exercise
YPSILANTI - Most accounting students probably don’t think of their chosen career as exciting, but that could change for some EMU students when they take part in the Internal Revenue Service Fraud Investigation Day Friday, March 10.
About 40 EMU accounting students will join with current and retired IRS agents to try and solve mock fraud cases at the College of Business. The IRS and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants sponsor the program, called the Adrian Project.
“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 Eastern Michigan University and apply it to a real life situation.”
“One of the neat things from my perspective is that we really want to incorporate more creative learning. There is nothing like learning by doing,” said Dan Brickner, associate professor of accounting at EMU. “This is a way to expose our students to the critical thinking and communication skills they will need.”
Students, with the help of agents, will try to solve fraud cases. The last time EMU participated, 2004, some students wore 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.
Brickner said EMU students had a 100 percent success rate with their mock cases in 2003.
“This is not a traditional career path. A lot of the students are not aware that this is an option,” said Brickner of fraud investigation.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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