New York, NY
This year's "IRS Special Agents for a Day" event was be held on Friday, October 3, 2008 at Pace University, New York City campus. 26 students from Pace University and Queens College participated.
Students worked with experienced Special Agents from the IRS coached them and provided learning points along the way. The students, who acted as honorary agents for the day, learned how to follow the paper trail of white collar crime.
Their day-long investigation may start with an anonymous informant, a meeting with local law enforcement, or even going through garbage. The students learned how to select their next steps in gathering evidence, usually leading them to potential witnesses, played by seasoned Special Agents, CPAs and other volunteers. Students utilized the tools available to federal law enforcement officers, including use of undercover, surveillance, subpoenas, and search and arrest warrants.
At the end of the day students received evaluations from their coaches. The payoff, says IRS organized Joseph J. Foy, is that students realize that investigating financial fraud is complex and requires strong accounting, organization, and communication skills.
Anyone in the Pace community who would like to volunteer to participate in the day can contact Professor Susanne O'Callaghan, Associate Professor of Accounting, Pace University's Lubin School of Business at 646-334-4021.
IRS Special Agents pose as suspects in the Fall 2006 "IRS Special Agents for a Day" at Pace University in October 2006.
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