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Walsh Students Conduct IRS Criminal Investigation Simulation

TROY, Mich., March 12, 2019 — Walsh students, professors and 10 Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) agents participated in the Adrian Project, an interactive program designed to introduce tax and accounting career paths in law enforcement, on Saturday, March 9, at Walsh’s Troy location at 3838 Livernois Rd.

Walsh graduate students, led by IRS special agents, pieced together a hypothetical financial crime while participating in several investigation simulations. Activities included assisting in a traffic stop by an (off-duty) Troy police officer, questioning a suspect, vehicle and trash evidence searches, undercover operations, presenting probable cause to a magistrate and the execution of a search warrant while dressed in IRS-CI vests.

“We want students to see if they can imagine themselves applying their accounting skills in a career outside of the cubicle,” said David Topolewski, IRS Special Agent and Public Information Officer who discovered his own career through the Adrian Project. “This is a gratifying career that ultimately helps protect the community.”

“The Adrian Project is an opportunity for Walsh to take learning outside of the classroom,” said Richard Davidson, Chair of Walsh’s Taxation and Business Law Department. “When we bring what we are teaching to life, it shows a whole new dimension to students. They are directly applying the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classrooms to these exercises.”

“I really enjoyed it. It was an eye-opening experience and I appreciated the agents introducing us to broader IRS job opportunities.” said Walsh Master of Taxation student Kabina Bhari, who acted as an undercover agent as part of the day’s activities.

The Adrian Project was developed at Adrian College in 2002 by a professor and an IRS agent.

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