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Resume lying falling (UPI) | Lying on one's resume may be going the way of the typewriter and adding machine, the latest Liar's Index showed Monday.

The semi-annual survey by the executive search firm Jude M. Werra & Associates LLC found only 11.19 percent of people misrepresenting their academic credentials in the first half of 2002, down from 20.4 percent in the first half of 2001 and 23.3 percent in the first half of 2000.

"Over the last several months the national press has given considerable attention to academic misrepresentations by prominent figures in politics, athletics and executive roles," said Jude M. Werra, president of the firm. "We are tempted to speculate whether that notoriety may have encouraged some people to refrain from puffing their academic credentials resulting in a reduction of the trend-line for the Liars Index.

"Given the number of reports in the press about misrepresentations of corporate financial data, we find it hopeful that the Liars Index statistics appear to be trending downward."

The index is based on resumes received and checked by Werra.

The latest reading is the second lowest in the index's history, trailing only the 7.8 percent reading posted in the second half of 1998. In the past two years, the index has averaged 14.31 percent.

The biggest liar in the survey was a human resources executive who managed to climb the corporate ladder for 15 years before Werra discovered he never obtained the B.S. degree he claimed.

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