5 Real-Life Lessons About Resume Fraud

Nick Fishman

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If you want to make sure you’re hiring the most qualified job candidate, with the most potential for a position, it’s without a doubt that you should thoroughly vet that person. While it’s necessary to ensure your job candidate has the right skills and experience, only a resume verification can confirm whether or not they’ve been fully transparent on their resume. If you’re looking for reasons you should be conducting resume verifications for your candidates, look no further than these five infamous resume fraudsters.

1. Robert Irvine bakes up a lie.

This celebrity chef drew a lot of praise when he stated that he designed the cake that was served at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. However, the tabloids did their own investigation to find that Chef Irvine didn’t participate in the capacity he claimed. He only attended the culinary school where the cake was prepared, though he did gather fruit that was used in the final design. The producer of his show Dinner Impossible, Food Network, believed that the gaffe was severe enough to warrant his termination.

2. George O’Leary fumbles the ball.

While being considered to become Notre Dame’s next football coach, O’Leary asserted that he gained significant expertise during his years playing at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, O’Leary falsely claimed to have earned a master’s degree in education from New York University. Unfortunately, his past caught up to him when it was discovered – five days after being hired by the University of Notre Dame – that this was a lie. Lesson learned: don’t believe education or employment information just because it’s been passed on from somewhere else—verify the resume from the source.

3. Jeffrey Papows crashes and burns.

Mr. Papows served IBM as its corporate president for years before it was discovered in 1999 that he had lied about his credentials. A resume verification revealed that he was never a pilot or captain with the Marines; rather, he was an air traffic controller and a first lieutenant. He was allowed to remain on as president until his resignation in 2000 over sexual discrimination allegations.

4. Liv Loberg finds “time” to get the degree.

After holding several administrative positions in public sector healthcare, Ms. Loberg’s true past was revealed. She never earned her degree as a registered nurse from London School of Economics or Queen Mary College; she did, however, attend one year of education to become a practical nurse after dropping out of high school. Instead of striving forward with the Progress Party in Norway, she was sentenced to 14 months in prison and a hefty fine.

5. Ronald Zarrella didn’t see it coming.

The CEO of Bausch & Lomb didn’t lie when claiming that he was “part of” the Master’s in Business Administration program at NYU. The problem was that he never graduated. He was penalized by being forced to turn over his $1 million bonus, but he wasn’t terminated from his position. Corporate leadership allowed him to remain CEO because firing him was deemed to be an unwise business move. However, Mr. Zarrella did leave his position amid a plethora of products liability lawsuits a few years later.

For each one of these real life resume fraud lessons, there are many more individuals who actually get away with their fibs. Don’t risk your company’s reputation. Use resume verifications to ensure that what you think you see is what you get.



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Nick Fishman
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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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