An Iowa native who went from working as a high-flying California stockbroker and financial planner to prison says if he hadn’t gotten caught, he’d probably still be bilking clients. Grundy Center native Patrick Kuhse was convicted of bribery, conspiracy and money laundering, and he now travels the country speaking to business students. He was at the University of Northern Iowa last night. “I always take the same poll, especially with the MBA students, in that I always ask how many of them think business is corrupt and most all of ’em raise their hands which really bothers me,” Kuhse says. “Then I ask ’em how many people think that they’re going to be asked to do something against their personal code of ethics within their first year of employment, and most all of ’em raise their hand and then I ask how many of ’em are going to do it, and about 80 percent keep their hands in the air.” Kuhse says he tells the students that most companies operate ethnically, but the media focuses on the few that don’t. Kuhse spoke Monday at U-N-I as part of the university’s business ethics.
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