||February 25, 2004
||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
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.”