Whaleoil CV Cheat series – ex Immigration Service CEO Mary Anne Thompson

“Oh come on”, I hear people say.  “What’s the big deal about a little white lie on your CV?”

Well, how does fraud sit with you?

Using an untrue document to gain advantage means you denied other people opportunities along the way.  It means people have possibly rewarded you where you didn’t really deserve it.

It means you broke the law.

As Mary Anne Thompson found out

via Scoop

via Scoop

Former Immigration Service boss Mary Anne Thompson has pleaded guilty to using her CV fraudulently.

She had been due to go on trial in June, but has made the guilty plea in a deal to have her charges reduced.

In Wellington District Court on Wednesday afternoon, Thompson changed her plea in a deal which reduced the number of charges she faces to one and stopped short a trial scheduled for June 8.

Judge Bruce Davidson indicated Thompson could be given 100 hours community work and fined $10,000 when she is sentenced next month.

Thompson had worked in senior positions and had been offered promotions, and was therefore not in the same category as those who fraudulently claimed higher qualifications but could not live up to them in the job, he said.

Mitigating factors in sentencing would include the significant damage to Thompson’s reputation, future career prospects, and finances.

The public scrutiny she had received could be seen as punishment in itself and her future in the public service looked bleak, he said.

 

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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