Australian woman Veronica Theriault jailed for lying on CV

An Australian woman who lied on her CV to score a high-ranking job in local Government has been jailed for deception and dishonesty.

Veronica Hilda Theriault, 46, was on Tuesday sentenced to two years' jail by Adelaide District Court Judge Michael Boylan after admitting the charges, AAP reported.

Theriault used herself as her reference to score the job as the chief information officer at South Australia's Department of Premier Cabinet in 2017. The court heard this was not the first time she had lied on a CV to gain employment.

Her brother also wrote a fake reference for her, saying she was a "senior leadership official with 20 years experience".

She reportedly earned NZ$34,633 during the month she was in the job.

Australian media say she was suffering from bipolar and her employers became suspicious when her condition deteriorated.

Judge Boylan said there was a planning element to offending, describing it as serious.

"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, as reported by AAP.

Judge Boylan sentenced her to 24 months in prison and will not be eligible for parole for at least 12.


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