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Metro State Students Become IRS Special Agents on April 2

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
IRS Contact: Bryan Thiel, Office 303-603-4924, Cell 303-944-1511

Posted: March 26, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — It’s no April Fool’s joke, Metropolitan State College of Denver is excited to welcome the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) to campus on Friday, April 2. Twenty-five Metro State students will become IRS special agents in an all-day simulated investigation of real-world fraud case scenarios.

During this inaugural workshop from 9:30a.m. to 4p.m., students studying criminal justice and accounting will solve fraud cases dealing with drugs, money laundering and embezzlement.

The Metro State campus will serve as a small city where the “honorary” special agents will conduct interviews, review financial documents, perform surveillance, carry out undercover operations and execute search warrants. In order to learn all aspects of investigation, students will present the findings of their investigation to a grand jury for review and feedback after concluding their investigation.

“The opportunity to apply practical, real-world experience while still in school is invaluable,” said Doug Laufer, Metro State accounting professor. “Our College is committed to applied learning and this program illustrates the blend of theory and practice.”

 “This partnership with Metro State and the IRS CI Division gives students an opportunity to use their academic training in real types of investigations,” said Bryan Thiel, Department of Treasury IRS special agent and public information officer. “This is a win-win for everyone involved—students get practical experience, and we get to recruit the next generation of special agents for the IRS CI unit.”

The IRS titled investigation program, Adrian Project, was founded nearly a decade ago at Adrian College, Mich. through a collaborative partnership between the IRS and the College. The program is part of a continuing effort by the IRS to demonstrate the agency’s work in a way that people don’t typically think about it, according to Thiel.

“We have held Adrian Project programs across the country for many years. This year’s program at Metro State is the first for the State of Colorado and our region to host the program. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with Metro State.”

Teams of Metro State students will be matched up with IRS special agents throughout the day. Scenarios will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Classroom building room (WC155). A debriefing and graduation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m.

Information about Metro State’s Departments of Accounting and Criminal Justice and Criminology is available online at:

More information about a career as an IRS Special Agent is available at:


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With more than 23,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans, and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 66,000 alumni, with the bulk of them remaining in Colorado after graduation.