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Lying on a CV contributes to jail time for CEO

Embellishing your employment record may not be too consequential to you right now, but in the long run can be the start of a long line of deceit, and really jeopardise your credibility and career in the future.

As part of a wider-illegal act, lying on a CV helped to land a Belton-based company boss jail time, something which is rarely thrust into the public domain. The male in question pleaded guilty to three counts of VAT evasion, one count of making a false VAT return and one count of dishonestly making false representation to make gain, as reported by the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

In this instance the level of deceit stretched further than just lying on the culprit’s CV, with the act of concealing such lies and financial gains in order to keep up this pretence. Craig Taylor, the guilty party, submitted his ‘fraudulent CV’ to a company, who later hired him as a Quantity Surveyor. 

In court the Jury discovered that Taylor had lied about having a degree that he did not possess, alongside the fact that he also covered up that he had a previous conviction. Andrew Bail, who was mitigating, said “this is particularly foolish behaviour on the part of the defendant. He is genuinely sorry for this, he knows he has been a dishonest fool.”

The extent of the fraud features significant financial gain, as the defendant originally founded his own company-Taylor Engineering Ltd, which he then used to make false claims for VAT refunds to HM Revenue and Customs to the value of £6,296.84 and £761.38.

Taylor’s actions have led to him facing 12 months in jail, alongside being disqualified from becoming a company director for six years. Judge Mark Bury summarised the conviction and publicly stated to Mr Taylor: “you have enjoyed a distinguished Army career and you have made many friends because you have gone that extra mile for them. “It makes it all the more perplexing when I have to sentence you for blatant dishonesty and exactly the same you committed previously.

“It beggars belief that you would go about your business as a quantity surveyor in the same way by submitting false claims for VAT refunds and getting over £7,000 and hoping to get another £11,000. You have obtained that money because you lied about your qualifications and you were able to gain lucrative contracts which enabled you to pay the money back.”

This news demonstrates the lengths people are prepared to go to when underqualified, and the restraints that can hinder your career progression when you do not possess a required degree.

In terms of including ‘white lies’ on your CV it may not seem like such a bad thing at the time, but if your employer was to find out further down the line, your whole job security and credibility could be in tatters. This will not only give you a lack of references to take forward to secure yourself another job, but could set precedence for your progression opportunities going forward. 

If you’re to take anything away from this; be honest, be upfront, and get yourself qualified as well as gaining work experience. Those who lie will always get found out when inconsistencies arise, and if you’re not fully equipped for a job you get hired for, you’ll soon start to struggle and fail to keep up with those around you. 

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