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A rampage of resume fraud

The candidate for an $80,000-a-year financial job in Chicago sheepishly admitted that he has been listing nonexistent bachelor's and graduate degrees on his resume for 20 years. A man seeking a position with a Texas-based airline was caught inflating his previous position and salary with another airline and neglecting to mention that his current employer had given him two weeks to find a new job.

Unusual cases? Hardly. Employers report that fraudulent resumes have become widespread in U.S. business. Says William Lewis, president of Career Blazers, one of New...

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