'Dishonest' public servant faces SA court

Kathryn Bermingham
Veronica Theriault appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with deception and dishonesty

A former South Australian public servant, who allegedly used fake credentials to secure a senior government job, has faced court in person for the first time.

Veronica Theriault appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court charged with deception and dishonesty offences, but her co-accused, Alan Corkill, was represented by a lawyer.

The court heard counsel for Theriault had only recently taken over the case and a "great volume of material", but was reasonably confident the case would resolve.

The pair were arrested in September following an investigation by South Australia's Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Bruce Lander but were excused from attending a number of earlier court appearances.

Theriault was last year hired as the chief information officer in the South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet - a position advertised with an annual salary of up to $244,000 - while she allegedly hired Corkill as a contractor.

At the time of their arrests, the commissioner said he had also opened a maladministration investigation into the recruitment process that resulted in Theriault's public sector appointment.

He will make a decision at the end of his inquiry as to whether his findings can be made public.

The pair have been remanded on continuing bail to appear again in June.