A few years ago a Training Manager with an NHS Trust in Devon was caught out by an NHS Counter Fraud audit where they discovered that she had lied about her qualifications and CIPD membership, she lost her job and received a suspended sentence.
Earlier this year in Surrey, Simon Macartney was jailed for three years after he was he had been employed for four years as a Driving Standards Manager at South East Ambulance NHS Trust where he had earned £200,000 over the period. He had used fake qualifications to secure the position from a former colleague at Surrey Police where he had been a Special Constable. Some of the documents he supplied stated he had been a Police constable with the Roads Policing Unit (Traffic). Whilst in prison he has been subject to confiscation orders to recover the money.
The lessons here are that you need a robust recruitment process, Check what your candidates are telling you and then check again. In the SE Ambulance case, they failed to check with Surrey Police. This type of fraud comes to light in the NHS because NHS Counter Fraud conducts audits and investigations on personnel files.
In parts of the public sector and certainly in the private sector there will be people who have got away with this for years. For example, I regularly see people who claim to have FCIPD membership on LinkedIn and I know for a fact they have never achieved that grade, they are committing fraud!
Likewise if you have been a CIPD member and have let your membership lapse you will no longer be entitled to use Assoc.CIPD, MCIPD, and FCIPD to do so is fraud!