Ex-con Patrick Kuhse talks business ethics at the Saunders Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility


Former stockbroker talks about ‘slippery slope’ of fraud, greed and accountability

Smart people can make big mistakes and Patrick Kuhse was one of them. The successful stockbroker and entrepreneur began his descent into crime in 1989 when a business acquaintance invited him to join in a bond-trading scheme involving the state of Oklahoma. Kuhse became an international fugitive after being charged in 1994 with 32 counts of conspiracy, money laundering and bribing a public official—eventually turning himself in and serving four years in prison in Costa Rica and the U.S.

Banned from ever seeking employment in the securities industry again, Kuhse will share his journey as the E. Philip Saunders College of Business and the Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility present “Prominence to Prison: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things.” The talk will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 in Lowenthal Hall, room 3215.

Since his incarceration and court sentencing to more than 200 hours of community service, Kuhse has been on the lecture circuit speaking to audiences worldwide about the importance of ethical behavior.

For more information, contact Sandra Rothenberg, director of the Saunders Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, at 585-475-5989.

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