How his job search blew up in his face

"Only kidding" would not have made a good defense.

In 2010, 20-year-old Lloyd Charest discovered something extremely alarming.

It was a plot to blow up a nuclear power plant in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Charest found pictures and a floor plan of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station that terrorists had secretly hidden inside an image of the Koran on a jihadist website.

He shared this information with Ted Brown, an older man he was living with who worked at the nuclear plan. Mr. Brown shared it with his employer, who brought the news to police.

The power plant was already on high alert because of a case where Islamist extremists had plotted bombings in Ontario in 2006.

The Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission all worked together in an intense investigation.

And they found evidence of a terrorist plot.

By Mr. Charest.

From the beginning, his story had a few holes, such as when he said that two terrorist groups who are actually enemies (one Sunni and the other Shiite) were working together.

And when authorities grabbed his computer, Mr. Charest refused to give them the password.

After finally being able to examine the computer, authorities discovered he'd made the whole thing up.

A court sentenced Mr. Charest to 16 months in prison for creating a terrorism hoax. 

But why did he do it?

The judge in his case wrote:
“One might wonder why a person would do such an act. He had lost a job. He was and is very computer knowledgeable. He had done some work for OPG in the past. This work had been related to computers.

“The Crown theorizes that Mr. Charest made up this information to make himself appear to be very computer savvy and valuable to OPG in the role of heading off terrorism at a nuclear generating plant in southern Ontario. If he succeeded in convincing OPG that he was such a specialist, then he could market his skills to OPG.”
I believe that when he is released from prison, "Able to perpetrate a terrorist hoax" is not one of the job skills that Mr. Charest will be listing on his resume.

Unemployed techie created fake evidence of terror plot to attack nuclear plant in attempt to get a job, judge says, National Post>>

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