Woman who faked CV for Ksh.19M job sent to prison


Woman who faked CV for Ksh.19M job sent to prison
An Australian court has sentenced a woman to prison after she was found to have lied on her resume. PHOTO | CNN

In Summary

  • Veronica Hilda Theriault, who faked references on her Curriculum Vitae (CV) to get a job with an Australian regional government as the Chief Information Officer in a 2017 application, now stares at a prison term of 25 months.
  • According to CNN, the woman was on Tuesday convicted of deception, dishonesty, and abuse of public office after pleading guilty.

A 46-year-old woman in Australia has been jailed after she was found guilty of falsifying her resume to get a job with a US$185,000 (Ksh.18 million) annual salary.

Veronica Hilda Theriault, who faked references on her Curriculum Vitae (CV) to get a job with an Australian regional government as the Chief Information Officer in a 2017 application, now stares at a prison term of 25 months.

According to CNN, the woman was on Tuesday convicted of deception, dishonesty, and abuse of public office after pleading guilty.

Ms. Theriault had managed to pull a fast one on South Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet, getting the job in which she served for a month – taking home a pay of $22,500 (approx. Ksh.2 million) – before she was fired.

In the documents she submitted, the woman was found to have given untrue information about her education and job history.

The court also heard that she attached a photo of supermodel Kate Upton on her LinkedIn profile.

When the organization ran a background check, Veronica posed as one of her former employers and gave herself a glowing tribute.

On getting the job, she went ahead to employ her brother who lacked the qualifications for the job.

Shortly after getting the job, however, her mental health deteriorated and the cat was let out of the bag.

In court, she pleaded guilty to the charges and was imprisoned for 25-months, with the judge ordering that she serve for at least one year before being eligible to apply for parole.

Judge Michael Boylan, though cognizant of the woman’s mental health, held that the charges were still very serious and the crime appeared to be elaborately planned.

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