IRS Special Agent Training : The Adrian Project

By: Chris Norman
By: Chris Norman

"Bang, bang, bang, police with a warrant, open up!"
They may not look like it, but these are accounting majors. And right now they are experiencing life through the eyes of an Internal Revenue Service special agent.

"I could feel my heart pumping, I know it was just plastic guns but you still get that rush," said Eric Fletcher, Accountancy major.

The students are put through a number of scenarios by real IRS agents as part of "Project Adrian." It's designed to help show off potential accounting careers in law enforcement.

"We are the criminal investigation arm of the Internal Revenue Service, most general public and accounting students dont know the IRS has a criminal investigation division, " said Jason LeBeau, IRS special agent.

The day started with an under cover surveillance operation, where they followed a low level drug dealer, and the busted him after a sale.

By taking meticulous notes, and interrogating their suspect, the group was able to obtain a warrant, and go after his boss.

They arrested him, and during their search found potentially inciminating financial imformation in places normally wouldn't look.

"You're going to find stuff like that that's just disgusting but you gotta deal with it."

Then they took it all back to their HQ where they used what they call forensic accounting , and discovered some suspecious cash deposits in the suspects discarded bank statements.
"We follow the money, we try to determine where the money came from, and where the money went and that's what the students did today, they took all the documentation they got from different sources, and tried to piece it all together like a puzzle," Jason LeBeau, IRS special agent.

Fourty IRS agents took part in today's demonstration, and for anyone worried about seeing an armed agent at their door, we have just under three weeks to get our taxes done.

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  • by Stephen Location: Idaho on May 18, 2010 at 10:38 PM
    IRS-CI does not just go after low level people who forget or don't pay all their taxes. Thats what revenue agents are for, they bust criminals laundering money and stealing money not only from the government but through ponzy schemes and other methods, people trying to evade their tax duties on purpose to hide illegal activities how was al Capone caught? IRS.
  • by Andrew Location: NIU on Apr 1, 2010 at 01:04 AM
    This was great fun. I want to do it again. Stop bashing just because you are ignorant. As is stated in the tax profession, ignorance is not an excuse.
  • by Frank Location: Rockford on Mar 27, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    So, now the illegal IRS is resorting to armed collection of the money that goes as interest to the private Federal Reserve. When are people going to wake up and realize who really is running this country? This will not go much longer before a revolution takes back our country.
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