DATE:  February 25, 2004
CONTACT: Dr. Valrie Chambers, Assistant Professor, College of Business, (361) 825-6012; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-5510

University Students to Pursue White-Collar Criminals during Internal Revenue Service/College of Business “Who-Dun-It” 
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students interested in solving white-collar crimes will have an opportunity to test their sleuthing skills when the Internal Revenue Service and the College of Business stage a financial “who-dun-it” Friday, March 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the University campus beginning in room 110 of Corpus Christi Hall.

The mock investigation will be similar to a dinner theater mystery but with financial crimes instead of murder. After a brief introduction and instructions, 24 students of various majors will break up into six groups to solve six different crimes. The aspiring detectives will interview witnesses, use computer information and go Dumpster-diving as they gather evidence. Typical crimes include drug busts, identity theft, money laundering and tax evasion.

The program is designed so that the IRS can interest capable students in the field of criminal investigation through hands-on simulations. The activity is also for students interested in solving financial crimes for the FBI, Customs/Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration.
“With homeland security of growing importance and ubiquitous corporate scandals, this is a groundbreaking program, especially for this region because this program has been held only in Michigan to-date,” said Dr. Valrie Chambers, assistant professor with the University’s College of Business. “Students will not only learn about this important emerging field, but they will also learn more about their own personal aptitudes and interests and if they can really do this for a living.”