Why you should NEVER lie on your resume: Former high-flying bureaucrat is jailed for making her resume after collecting a month from her $ 270,000 salary
- Veronica Hilda Theriault has been imprisoned for lying on her resume for a government position
- Theriault fraudulently ensured a lucrative role as chief information officer in SA
- The court heard that her resume had fake references and a made-up work history
- Theriault was sentenced to 25 months in prison with a non-conditional release of one year
A former high-flying bureaucrat was imprisoned after lying on her resume for a job with the South Australian government.
Veronica Hilda Theriault pleaded guilty of allegations of deception and dishonesty after fraudulently acquiring the lucrative position of Chief Information Officer at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in 2017.
The 46-year-old had the job just over a month and earned $ 33,000 from the $ 270,000 salary before the fraud was discovered.
Veronica Hilda Theriault (photo) was imprisoned after lying on her resume for a job with the South Australian government
Judge Michael Boylan described her in court on Tuesday as serious and with an element of planning.
& # 39; You have been fraudulently given a job for which you have received a large salary and you may have had access to sensitive material & # 39 ;, he said.
Theriault, from Claremont in WA, suffered from bipolar disorder at the time and it was a deterioration in her mental state that made SA officials suspicious for the first time.
Judge Boylan told the court that Theriault's application contained a CV with detailed fake training and work history.
& # 39; That CV has resulted in you being interviewed for the position – you have handed that document to the ministry of prime minister and the cabinet and (it) forms the basis for the unfair handling of documents, & # 39; he said ABC reported.
Judge Boylan said in relation to one misleading charge, Theriault had given SA government officials the name of a woman from a previous employer who would act as a referee.
Theriault pleaded guilty to deceit and dishonesty after he fraudulently acquired the lucrative position of Chief Information Officer in the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) in 2017
But he said that when a prime minister and cabinet representative spoke to the woman, Theriault posed as the woman who & # 39; best & # 39; was named.
& # 39; She provided glowing feedback about your performance, but in fact you were posing as Mrs. & # 39 ;, Judge Boylan said.
In previous convictions, counsel described Theriault's violation as not particularly advanced and said it was a unique set of circumstances that would probably not be repeated.
The court also heard that her crimes could have been detected much earlier than they actually were and that the 46-year-old & # 39; deeply ashamed and ashamed & # 39; used to be.
Theriault also had her brother, Alan Hugh Melville Corkill (photo), write a false reference and claim that she was a senior official with 20 years of experience
But the prosecutor said there was an element of planning in her insult and that it was not isolated.
The court was told that she had used CVs with false information to work at two other companies in 2012 and 2014 and to win a prize in 2014.
It was claimed that Theriault & # 39; s motive for her crimes was to profit financially.
Theriault also had her brother, Alan Hugh Melville Corkill, write a false reference and claim that she was a senior official with 20 years of experience.
She later rented Corkill on contracts that earned him more than $ 23,000 in three weeks.
During the sentencing, Judge Boylan took into account Theriault's bipolar disorder and struggles with mental health.
Theriault was sentenced to 25 months in prison with a 12-month non-suspended release.
Theriault was sentenced to 25 months in prison with a 12-month non-suspended release
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