SC State Hosts the “Adrian Project” Student Fraud Conference

Friday, October 16, 2009

SC State University’s Department of Accounting, Agribusiness and Economics, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, will host the “Adrian Project” Student Fraud Conference on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Belcher Hall fourth floor auditorium.

The “Adrian Project” Student Fraud Conference is designed to expose students to the inner workings of a fraud investigation through the eyes of an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) special agent. This will be achieved using an interactive learning experience.  The Conference will also present forensic opportunities to students majoring in accounting.

Introduced to SC State by Special Agent Alison Horlback, ‘05, the conference also allows students to solve hypothetical financial crimes using forensic accounting techniques. Additionally, students will employ the tools available to federal law enforcement officers, including surveillance, subpoenas, search warrants and the use of undercover operations.

Under the direction of IRS special agents, students will also work in groups to investigate crime scenarios such as business owners skimming funds from their company or keeping two sets of books, drug trafficking and multi-filer tax schemes.

Dr. Barbara Adams, chairperson for the department of Accounting, Agribusiness and Economics at SC State, is elated about the conference, stating that it is an extension of classroom training received by students at the University.  “We are very excited about this conference because it brings another dimension to the accounting program.  Research shows that students learn and retain knowledge better when they are actively engaged in the learning process, which is what theAdrian Project” Student Fraud Conference is designed to do,” said Adams.

For more information on the “Adrian Project” Student Fraud Conference contact Dr. Barbara Adams at (803) 536-8214 or via e-mail at