Obtaining Salaries Through Fraudulent CV’s
Obtaining Salaries Through Fraudulent CV’s Is Ruled Criminal
As a specialist domestic staff recruitment agency we have always ensured that a job applicant’s CV is accurate and neither embellished or, indeed, completely fictitious. Ascertaining that it is false has always been cause for dismissal. However, in a dramatic judgement, the Supreme Court has now ruled that employees who lie on their cv’s could be forced to return large amounts of pay and that salaries obtained fraudulently are proceeds of crime.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that a hospice boss must return nearly £100,000 after forging qualifications – including PhDs – when he was in fact an unqualified builder.
Five judges overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that the charity could not recover any part of Jon Andrewes’ salary. Andrewes, 68, was jailed for two years in 2017 after pleading guilty to fraud over his faked CV, on the basis of which he became chairman of two NHS trusts and St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton. He held the job at the Somerset hospice from 2004 until his deception was uncovered.
Until then, Andrewes had combined annual earnings of more than £100,000 from three roles, obtained on the back of a CV that claimed he had a PhD from Plymouth University, several other degrees and a range of relevant experience. Prosecutors at the time sought for a confiscation order, which the trial judge granted – however, Andrewes successfully appealed against it.
However, the five most senior judges, led by Lord Hodge, the Supreme Court’s deputy president, reinstated the confiscation order.
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