‘Chief geek’ public servant pleads guilty to fraud after ICAC investigation



Veronica Theriault leaving court with her lawyer in May 2018. (ABC News: Rebecca Opie)

A LinkedIn profile under Theriault’s name stated that she worked as “chief geek” for accommodation booking company Wotif in Melbourne from 2011 to August 2017, but the company told the ABC that she had never worked there.

Theriault’s brother Alan Hugh Melville Corkill, 41, was charged at the same time with deception and agreeing to accept a benefit.

The duo, who now both live in Western Australia, pleaded guilty to the charges in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Corkill appeared in person, while Theriault entered her pleas by video link from a medical facility in Perth.

Her lawyer Nic Kernahan told the court he was not confident his client would be able to appear in person on the next occasion due to ongoing treatment she is receiving for bipolar disorder.

Theriault and Corkill will be arraigned in the District Court next month to be sentenced at a later date.

Корру́пция (от лат. corrumpere «растлевать», лат. corruptio «подкуп, продажность; порча, разложение; растление») — термин, обозначающий обычно использование должностным лицом своих властных полномочий и доверенных ему прав, а также связанных с этим официальным статусом авторитета, возможностей, связей в целях личной выгоды, противоречащее законодательству и моральным установкам. Коррупцией называют также подкуп должностных лиц, их продажность, подкупность, что типично для мафиозных государств.