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Accounting, justice studies to offer "Adrian Project" to students

March 25, 2009 12:00AM

Two academic departments at Pittsburg State University will give their students a rare opportunity to work with the Internal Revenue Service investigating fraud cases.

The Adrian Project, a series of simulated, financial crime investigations conducted under the guidance of IRS agents, will come to PSU on Friday, March 27, at the Kansas Technology Center.

Offered thanks to a partnership between the Departments of Social Sciences and Accounting, as well as the IRS, the project invites students to assume roles on a mock investigative team. Students receive intense training on interviewing subjects and witnesses, surveillance techniques, analysis of documents and financial records, writing affidavits for search and arrest warrants, as well as being part of an undercover investigation. They will also have the opportunity to learn about employment in the field of financial investigation.

The first 25 students to sign up will get to work on the project, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and begins at the center’s main entrance. The last 25 students to sign up will be allowed to take part as observers. Only 50 students total will be accommodated. Upper-level accounting and justice studies majors are encouraged to take part.

“The mock investigation scenarios range from a money laundering investigation involving a major drug dealer to subjects involved in defrauding the U.S. Government,” said John Nunez, special agent and public information officer for the Department of Treasury IRS Criminal Investigation unit. “Students and special agents will be using all sorts of investigative skills and applying them as necessary to each scenario.”

After the scenarios are complete, a debriefing and graduation ceremony will take place at the Technology Center.

For more information on the project or to sign up, contact Dr. David O’Bryan at

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