A little fibbing on your resume might not seem like a big deal when you’re applying for a low-ranking position, but you never know where your professional career will end up.
As these top-notch executives prove, even if your career stays intact, be prepared to be publicly shamed, or at least embarrassed.
In 2008, British chef Robert Irving was fired from his own show on the Food Network's Dinner Impossible when it was uncovered that he didn't actually design the royal couple's wedding cake, but that he only attended the school where it was made and contributed by picking fruit for the cake.
An IBM president kept his position after lying about his records, but later resigned due to a sexual discrimination complaint
In 1999, it was revealed that Jeffrey Papows, president of IBM's software maker Lotus Development, fibbed about his academic and military background.
Jon Auerbach at ZDNet reported that Papows said he was a pilot when he was actually an air traffic controller and a captain when he was actually a first lieutenant in the Marines. He also said he got his PhD from Pepperdine, but actually got it from an unaccredited correspondence school.
Despite the lies, Papows kept his position with the company, but resigned the next year after he was named in a sexual discrimination complaint, according to CNET News.
His LinkedIn page says he's now CEO of Maptuit Corp. and Weblayers, Inc.
At one time, Salomon Smith Barney's Jack Grubman was Wall Street's highest-paid analyst with a salary of $20 million per year.
Then it was uncovered that he never attended MIT like he told his employers. In an interview with BusinessWeek, Grubman said that he lied because he 'probably felt insecure.'
He is now the founder of Magee Group, which provides strategic advice to telecom and technology companies.
Former Notre Dame Head Coach lied about a master's degree and being a football legend in college when he never even played a game
Five days after being named as Notre Dame's news head coach, George O'Leary was forced to resign for lying about a master's degree in education from New York University that he never received.
The university did verify that he was a student there in the '70s, but that he never graduated.
Furthermore, O'Leary told his employers that he played college football for three years at the University of New Hampshire, but, in actuality, he never even played a game of football.
In a statement released to the Notre Dame, O'Leary said: 'Due to a selfish and thoughtless act many years ago, I have personally embarrassed Notre Dame, its alumni and fans.'
O'Leary is known for his coaching success with Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets from 1994 to 2001.
He is currently the head coach at University of Central Florida.
A top Norwegian bureaucrat lied about being a registered nurse and having two degrees. She was sentenced to 14 months in prison
Before she became a convicted felon, Liv Løberg held top administrative jobs within health care and other public sectors, and was also a former politician for the Progress Party in Norway.
In 2010, a journalist revealed that Løberg did not have the degrees she claimed she did from the London School of Economics, Queen Mary College and Norges Handelshøyskole. She wasn't even a registered nurse. In actuality, Løberg dropped out of high school and only had one year of practical nurse education.
In 2012, she was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined 1 million NOK.
Bausch & Lomb CEO lied about his MBA degree, but was able to keep his position because he was deemed 'too valuable'
Ronald Zarrella had to give up his $1 million bonus when it was revealed that he never received his MBA from NYU like he claimed he did. He actually started the program, but never finished it.
However, Bausch & Lomb -- a supplier of eye health products -- decided that Zarrella was too valuable to the company and he was able to keep his job, but eventually left in 2008 when the company experienced 'extensive product recall and hundreds of product liability lawsuits.'
David Edmondson joined Radio Shack in 1994 and quickly advanced in the company until he became CEO in 2005.
A year after attaining his new title, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported that Edmondson had not earned degrees in theology and psychology from Heartland Baptist Bible College as he had claimed. Radio Shack's board of directors stood up for their new CEO, but Edmondson decided to resign. In his statement, he said:
'I clearly misstated my academic record, and the responsibility for these misstatements is mine alone. I understand that I cannot now document the ThG diploma.'
The CEO of a major software firm lied about getting an MBA from Stanford. The company's stock dove when the truth surfaced
Kenneth Lonchar joined Veritas Software Corp. through a merger in 1997 -- both companies were small at the time.
Four years later, Lonchar won CFO Magazine's Excellence Award for Managing External Stakeholders, but the next year, the glorified CFO fell from grace when it was revealed that he never received an MBA from Stanford as he claimed.
He never even earned the accounting degree he said he did from Arizona State University, but instead got his degree from Idaho State.
Shortly thereafter, a Merrill Lynch analyst downgraded the company's credit ratings and shares dropped by as much as 20 per cent.
Lonchar was asked to resign, saying the following in a statement released by the firm:
'I regret this misstatement of my educational background. Under the circumstances, I believe my resignation is in the best interests of both the company and myself,' Mr. Lonchar said in the written statement.
BONUS: Former Harvard student fabricated SAT scores, letters of recommendations and transcripts to gain admissions and received $40,000 in grants
Adam B. Wheeler lied about his entire academic background in order to get into Harvard University -- even telling the school that he was transferring in from MIT with perfect grades. He was actually a former student at Bowdoin College, but was suspended for academic dishonesty.
Once admitted into Harvard, Wheeler plagiarized essays and research proposals that would eventually earn him more than $40,000 in grants and prizes.
His background was revealed when Wheeler attempted to apply for the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships in his senior year.
Wheeler eventually pleaded guilty to 20 misdemeanour and felony counts of larceny, identity fraud, falsifying an endorsement or approval, and pretending to hold a degree. He was sentenced to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay a restitution of $45,806 to Harvard University.
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