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January 28, 2023

Recruiting Season Regrets: The Guy Who Passed Up a Career with Deloitte to Sell Copious Amounts of Pot

Right now, many accounting students are giving serious thought to their futures. Right this very minute, in fact, a few are gnawing their already bloody fingernails waiting for a Going Concern blogger to tell them what to do with their lives. They can't trust their parents and friends so it's only natural that they ask complete strangers who will mock them on the Internet.

Most recruits don't heed such advice; they are completely comfortable making decisions on their own. Like this ex-Deloitte intern who opted for a more lucrative, yet illegal career path:

After completing a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in taxation at prestigious universities, Brian Shin landed a coveted job as a tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche, a global professional services giant. He quit that coveted job, however, when he realized it meant a steep pay cut from his other — secret — line of work. “He quickly appreciated that he could make far greater income by continuing his marijuana wholesaling enterprise, and he did not have to be bothered with all of those tax obligations he had learned about at graduate school,” said Ontario Superior Court Justice John R. McIsaac.

Unfortunately for Brian, he didn't have a website that he could bounce this idea off of (he was arrested on August 6, 2009, less than three weeks after GC launched), prior to jumping head first into drug trafficking. 

His business grew from schoolyard deals to large loads. He was moving 30 to 40 pounds of marijuana in two to three week cycles. […] After graduation and completing an internship at Deloitte & Touche in 2006, he was offered a high-paying position to stay at the accounting giant, court heard. He opted instead to focus on his more colourful drug career. […] Although Shin specialized in marijuana, he helped others who were selling “hard drugs,” court heard, by allowing associates to use his stash house as a bank for large cash deposits from cocaine sales.

Brian was sentenced to six years in prison and the judge insisted that he serve half of his sentence before being eligible for parole. That length of time might be short compared to the stretch that some of you are currently serving inside the Green Dot, but at least you won't be eating low-grade tapioca pudding with a spork.

Tax whiz kid by day, ‘mega-trafficker’ by night: Man gets six years for selling marijuana [NP]

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