Can you go to jail for omitting a degree on a background check?

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Can you go to jail for omitting a degree on a background check?

I omitted a degree on my background check. I applied for a new position with the same company that did not require a degree, however I left my degree on my resume. The job I got the pay grade is the same for one or without one. I was accused of getting paid more because I said that I had a degree. The hiring manager was a very good friend of mine, and be it would not have matter to him, I was getting the job. I know I can get terminated for this. I was so upset after being in HR, that when I got back to my desk I sent my resignation letter. Can I go to jail for this?

Asked on February 2, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In theory you could face criminal charges if you were paid amounts you would not have been paid except for lying: obtaining money by lying is fraud or can be considered a form of theft. It is very unlikely that the employer would look to press charges or that the prosecutor would take this matter seriously and actually bring charges, unless you're talking about receiving a very great of money by lying, but be aware that receiving money through deception is, as stated, technically a crime.


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