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March 24, 2004
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EMU students team up with IRS to investigate fictional fraud cases

YPSILANTI - Fraud investigation and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are not words that bring a smile to most, but that's not the case for some Eastern Michigan University students.

About 40 students will become honorary IRS agents for EMU's first Fraud Investigation Day, Friday, April 2, 12:30 - 5 p.m. at the College of Business.  

"Students have a great opportunity to learn what a fraud investigator does. It's exciting to see all the diverse career opportunities out there for an accountant," said Dan Brickner, assistant professor, EMU department of accounting and finance.

"There has been an increase in accounting majors across the country. The profession appears more sexy when people see the chief accountant walked away in handcuffs. They realize how much power accountants have in a company," he said, referring to the Enron case.

Student teams will go undercover, execute search warrants, do surveillance, interrogate potential witnesses and follow paper trails for evidence.   IRS agents will direct the operations while assisting the students in their tasks.

Since the detailed scenarios draw on a student's accounting knowledge, training and logic to solve the case, participants must be EMU juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in accounting, said Brickner.

EMU is partnering with the IRS to provide students with increased job options and to assist the IRS in recruiting future agents. IRS agent Stephen Moore said 2004 should be a big year for employment opportunities since the IRS has plans to hire about 500 agents nationwide for criminal investigation. The event is cosponsored by the IRS and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.  

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive, metropolitan 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.

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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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