DATE:  February 24, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Valrie Chambers, Associate Professor, College of Business, (361) 825-6012; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336

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WHO: Representatives from the Internal Revenue Service and Students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi College of Business 
WHAT: Mock Investigations: Solving White Collar Crimes  
WHEN: Friday, February 25 from 1 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Beginning in Corpus Christi Hall, Room 110

University Students to Pursue White-Collar Criminals during Internal Revenue Service/College of Business Mock Investigation

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi students interested in solving white-collar crimes will have their sleuthing skills tested when the Internal Revenue Service and the College of Business stage “Fighting Crimes: A Professionally Guided Simulation” on Friday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 7 p.m. beginning in Corpus Christi Hall, Room 110.

The mock investigation will be similar to a dinner theater mystery but with financial crimes instead of murder. After a brief introduction and instructions, approximately 30 students of various majors will break up into groups to solve 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.