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Metro State Students Become IRS Special Agents on 11/12

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 10, 2010

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver brings the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) to campus on Friday, Nov. 12 for a special workshop in conjunction with International Fraud Awareness Week. Twenty Metro State students will become IRS special agents in an all-day simulated investigation of real-world fraud case scenarios.

During this workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting in Central classroom 217, both undergraduates and master’s students studying 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 magistrate 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 Christopher Sigerson, Special Agent in Charge, Denver Field Office IRS Criminal Investigation. “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 Sigerson.
“We have held Adrian Project programs across the country for many years. Metro State’s inaugural workshop this past spring was the first time the State of Colorado and our region hosted the program. We’re thrilled with the ongoing partnership we have established 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 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Classroom and Central Classroom buildings. A debriefing and graduation ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. A video of Metro State’s Adrian Project spring workshop can be viewed at

Information about Metro State’s Departments of Accounting and master’s program 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 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation´╗┐