Crime doesn’t pay and neither does lying on your résumé.
Veronica Hilda Theriault, a 46-year-old Australian woman, learned both lessons the hard way after she was charged with deception, dishonesty and abuse of public office for fudging the details on a 2017 application for the chief information officer role with a regional government, CNN reported.
The job came with a whopping annual salary of $185,000 or 270,000 Australian dollars.
Theriault pleaded guilty to all charges and District Judge Michael Boylan sentenced her on Tuesday to 25 months in jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.
She held her position with the South Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet for over a month, taking home about $22,500 before eventually being fired. Officials became suspicious shortly after she started the job – around the same time, Theriault’s mental health seemingly started to deteriorate.
In order to get the gig, Theriault turned in a fraudulent résumé padded out with false information regarding her previous employment and education. After she was granted an interview, she posed as a former employer and gave herself “glowing feedback” on her own performance.
She also reportedly used a photo of supermodel Kate Upton as her Linkedin profile photo.
Boylan said he considered Theriault’s mental health in the sentencing but also emphasized that the charges against her were “serious” in nature, according to WTKR.
“You fraudulently obtained employment for which you were paid a large salary and in the course of which you have had access to sensitive material,” he said.
Theriault’s defense team said that she was “deeply ashamed and embarrassed” by her actions, noting that they involved “a unique set of circumstances that were unlikely to be repeated.”