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Yahoo CEO Not Alone: 7 Execs Busted for Resume Lies

Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks

After just four months on the job, Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson is out of work this week after it was discovered he had lied on his resume. He can take solace in knowing he isn't alone.

Liar, Liar

After just four months on the job, Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson is out of work this week after it was discovered he had lied on his resume.

While his resume boasts 1978 degrees in both accounting and computer science from Massachusetts' Stonehill College, Thompson has since admitted he never earned the latter.

He tried to blame the error on a headhunting firm that he worked with nearly a decade ago. After the firm provided Yahoo with proof that his resume had been submitted to the company with the embellishments already in place, Thompson was left with little choice but to resign his post.

But Thompson's not alone. Numerous others in high-profile positions have lost their jobs, and sometimes more, because of resume transgressions – but not all of the lies have been total career death sentences.

Here are seven examples:

Pants on fire

In 2002, Kenneth E. Lonchar lost his lofty position of chief financial officer at Veritas Software for lying about his educational background. Lonchar resigned his position after an internal investigation by the California-based company uncovered that he had did not hold an MBA from Stanford University or an accounting degree from Arizona State University as he had asserted. 

According to reports, the company launched its internal investigation of Lonchar, who had been with Veritas, which has since merged with Symantec, for seven years, after being tipped off by an email from an unnamed source.

"Under the circumstances, I believe my resignation is in the best interests of both the company and myself," Lonchar said in a written statement.

A royal disaster

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine lost his television show on the Food Network in 2008 after embellishments were discovered regarding past work he had done with Britain's royal family and for the White House.

Following accusations of nonpayment by his Web consultant and a breach of contract with an interior designer, the St. Petersburg Times conducted an exposé that uncovered Irvine's exaggerations, which included claims that he created Princess Diana's wedding cake, cooked for White House dinners and was knighted by the queen – all of which were proven false.

”I was wrong to exaggerate in statements related to my experiences in the White House and the Royal Family," Irvine said in a statement at the time. "I am truly sorry for misleading people and misstating the facts."

Irvine was only off the Food Network for a short time. In 2009, his popular "Dinner: Impossible" show returned to the network's lineup, and he's since gone on to work on a number of Food Network shows, including "Restaurant: Impossible," "Worst Cooks in America," "Iron Chef America" and "The Next Iron Chef."

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance business and technology writer who has worked in public relations and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter. You can reach him at chadgbrooks@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @cbrooks76.

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Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor who has spent more than 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014.