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Metro State Students Become IRS Special Agents on April 15

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

Posted: April 15, 2011

(Denver, Colo.) — Metropolitan State College of Denver brings the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) to campus on Friday, April 15 for an investigation workshop. 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 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting in West Classroom room 155, 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 Sean Sowards, 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 Sowards.

“We have held Adrian Project programs across the country for many years. Metro State’s inaugural workshop last year 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 2010 workshop can be viewed at

Information about Metro State’s Departments of Accounting and master’s program is available online 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. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.