On March 23, 2011, Tom Hughes came to speak to Robert Letovsky’s Ethical Issues in Business class.  Tom is a Burlington-resident who has served time in both federal and state prisons for a series of frauds he perpetrated over several years working as a bookkeeper/controller at several businesses.  Since his release in 2007, Tom has become a speaker and consultant on financial security isssues.  Earlier this year, he served on a special advisory panel convened by the State of Vermont’s Auditor General.  This was Tom’s fifth presentation to Saint Michael’s students.  Each time, he has spoken powerfully about the choices he made, the impact these choices had on his family, friends and employers, and how he has attempted to make amends.  Tom’s powerful story of personal turnaround was, as in all his previous visits to campus, tremendously impactful on the students.  Following his presentation, the class – composed of 27 Accounting and Business majors – engaged in a lively q&a with him.

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