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Anderson and IRS to Conduct Mock Fraud Investigation

April 5, 2010

Albuquerque, NM -- The Anderson School of Management (ASM) at the University of New Mexico and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (CID) will jointly participate in a mock fraud investigation, a national program, Friday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in room 302 of the Graduate School of Management building. The event is being sponsored by ASMís Center for Information Assurance Research and Education (CIARE).

Approximately 20 individuals, including eight special agents from the IRS and twelve UNM students are participating in the mock investigation.
The scenario for this event involves a taxpayer who comes in and states he wasn't able to file his return because a return has already been filed in his name. The taxpayer is worried his identity has been stolen. The filed return goes back to a P.O. Box unfamiliar to the taxpayer. The Service Center is able to identify approximately 10 other returns with the same address. Throughout the scenario, students will participate in surveillance, dumpster diving, an undercover operation and a search warrant which will ultimately lead to an arrest.

Students will also interact with each other to try and figure out the approach they will take to help crack the case.

"Weíre thrilled that the IRSí Criminal Investigation Division is again willing to make this commitment to our students," said Professor Rich Brody. "We have had this event twice before and it has always been a great success. The CID is bringing in these special agents as well as some high tech equipment on a Friday morning to participate with our information assurance students. Local CID agents around the country use this program to showcase the opportunities available in this career field to high school and college students. For our students, all who have volunteered to participate, it will be an amazing experience and it fits in perfectly with what we talk about in our classes."

The IRS' CID investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law. While other federal agencies also have investigative jurisdiction for money laundering and some bank secrecy act violations, the IRS is the only federal agency that can investigate potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code.

Directed by Chief Victor Song, Criminal Investigation, the CID oversees a worldwide staff of approximately 4,400 employees, including approximately 2,800 special agents who investigate and assist in the prosecution of criminal tax, money laundering and narcotics-related financial crime cases.

The University of New Mexico is the only four-year institution with a program that combines the efforts of national labs, the NSA and DHS, and the FBIís Regional Computer Forensics Lab (RCFL). The demand for information assurance skills is strong and will continue to be as technology only gets better. For more information about the Information Assurance program the public can visit


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.