IRS Agents to help Students Solve Accounting Mystery at SUNY Canton
Only an accountant could have caught noted gangster Al Capone, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Some of the best financial investigators in the world will be helping approximately 40 SUNY Canton students get a chance to solve a financial mystery. The IRS will be presenting Adrian Jr., a hands-on workshop for college students interested in accounting, business, and criminal justice career paths at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 219.
The event was orchestrated by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson, who said the workshop is a valuable career-building experience for her students.
“Many of my students are interested in this area of accounting,” Kelson said. “Studies have indicated that white-collar crime increases during tough economic times, so our students are involved in a hands-on workshop that is both timely and topical.”
The students are divided into groups to solve a hypothetical financial crime involving a business owner who is skimming money. Each group of students is assigned to an experienced IRS Special Agent who coaches them and provides learning points during the exercise, but it’s up to the students to follow the paper trail and expose the fraud. “Our students will be working with some of the best financial investigators in the world,” Kelson said.
Kelson is also offering a Forensic Accounting course this semester, and noted how well the Adrian Project fit in with the hands-on aspects of her class.
In a group setting, the student agents will investigate the evidence and interact with their coach, while learning what it takes to become a financial investigator. Students also may encounter an anonymous informant, a local law enforcement officer or potential witnesses, played by special agents, certified public accountants and other volunteers. At the end of the workshop, the groups join together to convince the lead instructor that they have enough evidence to pursue an undercover operation.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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