A woman who lied on her résumé and posed as her own referee to land a $185K-a-year job with an Australian regional government has been sentenced to at least 12 months in prison, CNN reports.
Veronica Hilda Theriault, 46, pleaded guilty to deception, dishonesty, and abuse of public office over the résumé that got her a position in South Australia's Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2017.
The application for the chief information officer was made back in 2017 and came with an annual salary of 270,000 Australian dollars ($185,000 US).
The court was told that Theriault had submitted a fake resume to the department with false information concerning her education and previous employment. After she was given an interview, Theriault also pretended to be a past employer during a reference check, in which she "gave glowing feedback" about her own performance.[[imagecaption|| Credit: PA]]
It also emerged that Theriault had used a photo of supermodel Kate Upton as her LinkedIn profile photo.
Furthermore, after she started the job in August, she hired her brother despite the fact that he lacked any qualifications for the role.This woman lost her job after the following video of her dragging a horse surfaced:
The department soon began to suspect something wasn't quite right; particularly as Theriault's mental health started to deteriorate shortly after she started.
Per CNN, Judge Michael Boylan clarified he had taken Theriault's mental health into account, but that the charges were "serious" and there had evidently been a great deal of planning in her deceitful pursuit of the high-paying role.[[imagecaption|| Credit: PA]]
"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 worked in the position for over a month before she was fired. In that time, she had earned 33,000 Australian dollars ($22,500). She was convicted of all the charges and was handed a 25-month sentence with a non-parole period of a year.