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ICAC public service deception case in court

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The case against a former senior South Australian public servant, who was arrested after an anti-corruption investigation, has come before the Adelaide Magistrates Court for the first time.

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Veronica Theriault, 44, faces deception charges which allege she falsified her qualifications to secure a position in the premier’s department.

The court was told both Theriault and a co-accused, Alan Corkill, had been excused from attending today’s hearing and were on bail agreements that allowed them to live in Western Australia.

Defence counsel also provided the court with a letter which indicated that Theriault would be unavailable to attend for the next three months.

It was previously alleged she falsified her qualifications and other matters to secure the position of chief information officer in the premier’s department earlier this year.

Corkill, 40, was also charged with deception.

At the time of their arrests in September, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander said he had also opened a maladministration investigation into the recruitment process that resulted in Theriault’s public sector appointment.

He will make a decision at the end of his inquiry as to whether his findings can be made public.

Premier Jay Weatherill said he had asked the Department of Premier and Cabinet for an urgent review into the matter.

The case against Theriault and Corkill will return to court on January 30.

– AAP

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