Now we know a lot of y’all are guilty of embellishing a few things on your resume to get the job you want, but y’all might want to put that strategy to bed!
According to CNN, a woman who lied on her resume and provided fake high-profile references to land a position in Australian regional government is now facing jail time. 46-year-old, Veronica Holds Theriault, was convicted of deception, dishonesty, and abuse of a public office.
She was given the role of chief information officer back in August, a position that comes with an annual salary of $185,000 annually. Theriault worked in the position for over a month, and earned $22,500 before being fired.
She reportedly pled guilty to all charges and received a 25-month sentence, with one year of non-parole attached.
During the court hearing, the prosecution established Theriault submitted a fraudulent resume to the department with false information relating to her education and prior employment.
She reportedly posed as a previous employer during a reference check after he interview, and gave “glowing feedback” about there own performance. But sis didn’t stop there! The prosecution said she also used a photo of supermodel Kate Upton as her LinkedIn profile photo.
After she started the position back in August, the Human Resources department found out she had hired her brother, despite him lacking any qualifications for the job.
During the sentencing, Judge Michael Boylan said the charges were serious, and there was an element of “planning in her deceitful conduct.”
“You fraudulently obtained employment for which you were paid a large salary and in the course of which you may have had access to sensitive material,” he said.
Theriault’s defense claims she has serious mental health issues, and previously told the court that she was “deeply ashamed and embarrassed” by what she had done.
The court was also told this was not her first ride at this rodeo. She allegedly used resumes with false information to obtain employment at two companies in 2012 and 2014.