CV fraudster comes clean

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Last updated 16:56 26/02/2014
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The high-flying chief executive unmasked as a CV fraudster has admitted he never got the law degree he claimed he had when applying to head an Auckland law firm.

Michael Vukcevic finally broke his silence in a statement this afternoon saying he has no legal qualifications from any university.

Yesterday Fairfax revealed Mr Vukcevic had lied about having a law degree from Victoria University when he got the top job at law and intellectual property firm Baldwins.

He stood down from the firm in November citing personal reasons.

It was also revealed he had falsely claimed to be a director at recruitment firm he had listed on the dodgy CV.

Today Mr Vukcevic said he does not hold a law degree from any university but he did complete some law papers at Victoria and completed a bachelor of arts.

"I did not seek to mislead Baldwins in my CV for the role," he said.

Mr Vukcevic said his appointment as CEO did not involve legal work and Baldwins had never held him out to be a lawyer or patent attorney.

Nor had he claimed to be a lawyer in his role as chair of the Middle East Business Council - a group of businesses who aim to promote trade with the Middle East.

Mr Vukcevic has not responded to repeated requests for an explanation on how the false statement about the law degree was on his CV.

He said he would be making no further comment.

FULL STATEMENT

Michael Vukcevic:

"I resigned from Baldwins on 15 November 2013 for personal reasons. I do not hold a Bachelor of Law from any University in New Zealand and have never worked in a legal role. I did complete some papers towards a law degree at Victoria University but never completed the degree. I completed a Bachelor of Arts.  I did not seek to mislead Baldwins in my CV for the role. My appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Baldwins did not involve legal work and Baldwins did not hold me out as a qualified lawyer or patent attorney on their website. Equally, I have never been held out as a lawyer in any website profile with the New Zealand Middle East Business Council, any previous roles or on my LinkedIn profile or any business card. I will not be making any further comment on my private employment matters."

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