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Metro State Students Become IRS Special Agents on April 27

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 27, 2012

(Denver) — Metropolitan State College of Denver brings the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) to campus on Friday, April 27 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 3:30 p.m. starting in the Admin building room 135, both undergraduates and master’s students studying accounting will solve fraud cases dealing with fraud, 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 P. 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. This will be the third year Metro State has hosted the event for our region. 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 Admin building. A debriefing and graduation ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. A video of Metro State’s inaugural Adrian Project spring 2010 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 nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.