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Job applicant given six months jail for CV inaccuracies

In what is a lesson to anybody who has embellished their CV and possibly added inaccuracies in the past, it was today revealed that a lady who successfully applied for a post in the NHS was given a six-month jail term after she was found to have lied on her CV. It is believed that a reference said to be from a previous employer, the Royal Navy, was actually a forgery as was a Navy discharge certificate which she also handed over with her CV.

Her new employers became concerned about her performance in the workplace after she was taken on full-time and when challenged she admitted to inaccuracies on her CV. In court she admitted the charges of fraud and requested that a further 11 similar offences were taken into consideration. Despite the fact that she was paid over £23,000 by the NHS during her brief period of employment, the NHS has failed in a bid to claim back this money through the courts.

A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has cast further light on CV inaccuracies in the marketplace with over 25% of employers forced to withdraw job offers after inaccuracies were discovered on CVs. This is a lesson to everybody who has embellished and possibly expanded their CV to give a potentially inaccurate view of their experience and qualifications.

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