Law enforcement officers from 12 states and as far away as California are at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics this week learning about white collar crime and fraud investigation.

They will be receiving certificates during an 11 a.m. ceremony Friday, July 22, in Room 347 of the Business and Economics Building.

In a one-week course developed by accounting faculty in the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation program, the officers are examining the role of auditors and forensic accountants, fraud schemes and how to collect evidence from computers and other electronic devices.

The College of Business and Economics last year received a $600,000 grant from the federal Office of Science and Technology, National Institute for Justice, in the Department of Justice. With it, the college’s Division of Accounting formed a group of national experts to create forensic accounting curriculum guidelines. This course is part of a curriculum that will be available nationally.

Also, the college now offers a summer graduate certificate in forensic accounting and fraud investigation. Twenty-seven certificates will be awarded this year.