...if you are going to be in the national spotlight, then you might want to make sure you don't screw up. Better yet, if you have done some bad things in the past, you might not want to apply for competitions or national recognition in the future, putting yourself under the magnify glass.
Each year the National Association of Realtors comes out with a "30 under 30" contest, highlighting the best Realtors under 30 years old that are doing well in the business. I have never wanted to submit myself before, because for one, I hate having my photo taken (much like a fellow blogger in Saint Paul).
One of the winners last year has recently been indicted in Las Vegas for bank fraud, money laundering, etc:
"The government alleges Mazzarella and Grimm bought more than 200 properties at inflated values using limited liability companies and more than 400 straw buyers to make purchase offers." (CNBC)
Just goes to show you that getting to the top is not done by cheating. What goes around comes around, and when you fraud the government, they will find out. I am giving this Realtor, who will most likely never be a Realtor again if convicted, the Dunce prize for stupidity.