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Phoniness: From Resume Fraud to Fake Identities

Jul 8, 2014

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Maybe Holden Caulfield was onto something when he ranted about "phoniness." This June, Michael Sharpe  resigned as CEO of FUSE, a Hartford-based charter school management company, when it came to light that he was not, in fact, a doctor, as his biography might have you believe.

That got us thinking about faking it: Why do people commit resume fraud? What is with our obsession with titles? What happens when someone adopts a whole new identity?


  • Mark Oppenheimer is an author who writes the biweekly “Beliefs” column for The New York Times and contributes to many publications
  • Brian Dineen is an associate professor of Management at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University
  • Walter Kirn is a journalist and the author of Blood Will Out, which is about his ten-year friendship with an imposter and murderer who called himself “Clark Rockefeller”