Crazy thing happened. A Prof. emailed me for a personal reference after interviewing someone for a job that seemed like a great fit.
Only problem? I had never heard of this person. They said they worked in my lab from 2013-2014, year I started. Unlikely I'd forget someone.
Just in case, I asked everyone that had been in the lab that year if they remembered this person. They did not. They checked notebooks too.
One of my students TA'd this person but I never taught this person. Looking back at my emails, this person had asked if they could do research in my lab but I said I had no space.
Anyway I told the Prof. this person never worked n my lab. Prof emails me the next week.
Says this person listed the wrong name on CV. They worked for a Jenny Yeng that was only at UCI for 1 year, ran a small group, and somehow does the same research as me. I said there is no such person.
Prof. said they talked to this 'Jenny Yeng' on the phone.
Said glowing things about the candidate.
So this person lies on their CV. Gets caught. Makes up a fictional person to serve as a reference.
And it cost them a job. I sure hope they learn a lesson and decide to revise their CV and be honest.I don't have much to say about this, other than the obvious: eventually, lies get caught.