Whaleoil CV Cheat series: ex Maori Television Service executive John Davy

The problem with putting verifiable lies on your CV is that they are… verifiable.

And you were the idiot who put it in writing and made a public document out of it.

Thing is, your CV is rarely vetted in any extreme sense.

Until something goes wrong… accidentally.

And it makes people look.   Really, really, look.

Most of the time, people lose their jobs through loss of credibility and deep emberassment to those around them that publicly supported the person.

And sometimes, they even go to jail.

Via TeAra / Getty Images  Reference: 56088510  Photograph by Ross Land

Via TeAra / Getty Images
Reference: 56088510
Photograph by Ross Land

… John Davy, appointed as the first head of Māori Television, is seen here being deported in August 2002.

Davy was sentenced to eight months in jail for falsifying information on his CV.

He served 13 weeks.

His MBA from Ashland School of Business at Denver State University was a fake credential sold over the internet.

No basic background check, which would have revealed his con, was carried out.

Source: teara.govt.nz


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