$244,000 job with a ‘fake reference’
A FORMER public servant accused of using fake credentials to land a $244,000 government job has faced court in person for the first time.
Veronica Theriault appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday charged with deception and dishonesty offences.
The court heard counsel for Theriault had only recently taken over the case and a “great volume of material”, but was reasonably confident the case would be resolved.
Theriault and her co-accused, Alan Corkill, were arrested in September following an investigation by South Australia’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption but were excused from attending a number of earlier court appearances. Theriault was last year hired as the chief information officer in the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet — a position advertised with an annual salary of up to $244,000 — while she allegedly hired Corkill as a contractor.
At the time of their arrests, the commissioner said he had also opened a maladministration investigation into the recruitment process that resulted in Theriault’s public sector appointment.