Lying on your CV or about salary could get you to pay back wages

Lying on your CV or about salary could get you to pay back wages

Workers who lie could face severe penalties

The warning follows a High Court ruling that an employee who falsified qualifications must pay almost £100,000 in wages (Image: Getty)

Lying workers who falsify CVs and previous wages could be forced to repay large amounts of their wages after a landmark court ruling.

Britain’s top judges have ruled that fraudulently obtained wages are considered proceeds of crime.

The High Court yesterday ordered Jon Andrewes, 68, a former chief executive of a hospice, to repay almost £100,000 after he falsified qualifications, including PhDs, to cover the reality that he was an unqualified builder.

Five judges overturned an Appeals Court ruling that the charity could not recover any of his salary.

Labor lawyer Matt Gingell, a founding partner of Lombards, warned today that the criminal case sets a grim precedent for CV and salary liars.

Today he told Metro: ‘This ruling could have significant financial consequences for employees who are dishonest: employers can start trying to recover wages.’

Mr. Gingell, who has practiced employment law for 20 years, also emphasized that bosses already have the right to fire workers exposed as liars or for ‘spreading the truth’ on resumes.

It added: “Regardless of the latest case, employers may have grounds to terminate employees’ employment contracts if they are found to have been dishonest regarding their qualifications or wages.”

Gingell said both were grounds for “summary dismissal,” where workers are fired without notice, salary or pay.

Supreme Court ruling on lying employee sets strict precedent

Employment attorney Matt Gingell told Metro the Supreme Court decision sets a potentially brutal precedent for lying workers (Image: Getty)

In Andrewes’ case, he was jailed for two years at Exeter Crown Court in 2017 after pleading guilty to fraud with his fake CV.

It led to him being appointed chairman of two NHS trusts and running St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton.

Andrewes held the post at the hospice from 2004 until his outright lies were exposed.

Until then, he had earned a combined annual income of over £100,000 in three roles, all obtained on the back of a CV that claimed he had a Ph.D. from Plymouth University, along with a host of other qualifications and a variety of work-related experience.

He even insisted that his colleagues call him Dr. Jon Andrewes.

His fraud came to light after health service investigators looked at Andrewes’ record when he said he would retire early for health reasons.

He pleaded guilty to financial gain through his role as CEO of the hospice.

The High Court ruled that a forfeiture order for the full amount earned by Andrewes during his 10 years as head of the hospice, £643,602.91, would not be fair.

The judges added that a ‘middle’ path was needed to reflect how Andrewes had performed the services he had been paid for, which they said counted towards the ‘restoration’.

They added: “Andrewes did a good job as chief executive and was regularly rated strong or outstanding.”

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