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White Collar Criminal to Discuss Ethics at Tippie College

How do smart, educated, successful people get themselves into trouble? Patrick Kuhse knows. He ran from federal indictments into the jungles of Latin America and was then imprisoned for more than four years on money laundering, bribing a public official, and conspiracy charges.

Kuhse will be speaking about his journey, the lessons he's learned, and his views on ethics and integrity at the Tippie College of Business. He will speak Monday, October 4 at 12:15 pm in S401 to students and faculty. On Tuesday, October 5, he will speak at 6:30 pm in W10 in a presentation that is open to the public. Both talks will take place in the Pappajohn Business Building.

Kushe, an ex-con who spent time in a federal penitentiary for fraud, is a dynamic speaker about the slippery slope of unethical behavior. An Iowa native, Kushe attended Arizona State University as a business major, leaving in his third year to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams of success. From 1980 to 1987, he was a financial planner and regional manager with two national securities firms.

After earning his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1986, he became the co-owner and principal of a San Diego financial planning firm where he maintained a personal client base as well as providing financial products for independent brokers nationwide.

In 1994, while one of his professional activities was under investigation by the FBI, he relocated his family to Costa Rica. Shortly thereafter, 32 federal indictments were filed against him. After four years, he surrendered himself to the American Embassy in Costa Rica and was immediately incarcerated. He was subsequently returned to the U.S. where he pled guilty to numerous federal felony counts involving money laundering, bribing a public official and conspiracy.

Kuhse was released from incarceration in 2001, after serving four years in foreign and federal prisons. He began giving talks on business ethics to fulfill his community service obligation, which in turn has led to a successful speaking career.

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