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MSU Denver Students to Pursue White-Collar Criminals as IRS ‘Special Agents’

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

Posted: April 17, 2015

(Denver) — Today, 25 students from Metropolitan State University of Denver will serve as honorary “special agents” as part of a simulation led by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation unit (IRS CI). Participating students will work directly with IRS special agents to investigate simulated white-collar criminal case scenarios.

 Called the Adrian Project, the workshop offers undergraduate and master’s accounting students the opportunity to solve cases of identify theft, money laundering and embezzlement. The student special agents will conduct interviews, review financial documents, perform surveillance, carry out undercover operations and execute search warrants. The event will conclude with students presenting their investigative findings to a magistrate for review and feedback.

“This is a win-win for everyone involved—students get practical experience, and we get to recruit the next generation of Special Agents for IRS Criminal Investigation,” said Steve Osborne, IRS CI acting special agent in charge for the Denver field office. “In addition, students experience a component of the agency’s work that most people aren’t aware of.”  

College Measures ranked MSU Denver first-year graduates with bachelor’s degree in accounting among the top-earning graduates at universities statewide, with a median first-year salary of $45,445. Those earnings are on par with IRS law enforcement officers’ entry-level annual salary of approximately $44,000. See the links for more information about a career as an IRS special agent or watch a brief video that explains what they do.

The Adrian Project was founded nearly a decade ago through a collaborative partnership between the IRS and Adrian College, located in Michigan. MSU Denver has been the workshop host in Colorado for the past six years.


About the Department of Accounting

The Accounting Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver is the largest undergraduate accounting program in Colorado, and produces graduates who consistently exceed national averages for CPA exam performance and boast a broad array of skills and knowledge relevant to the profession. The department also offers a master’s degree in professional accountancy.


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 80,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce.

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