Need proof that plagiarism can ruin your career. Consider recent events in Europe where Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg recently resigned his office as German Defense Minister after admitting that he plagiarized his doctoral dissertation at the University of Bayreuth.
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is a notable descendant of Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Aloys II, Prince of Liechtenstein. Prior to this plagiarism scandal, Guttenberg was considered a rising star in German politics. No doubt, plagiarism is ruinous...