$244,000 job with a ‘fake ref­er­ence’

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

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.

Veron­ica The­ri­ault.

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