A man who posed as a referee to help his sister land a senior South Australian government job has escaped jail time.
Alan Hugh Melville Corkill, 41, said he worked under his sister, Veronica Theriault, at the online reservation service Wotif. But neither had ever been employed there.
As a result, Theriault was in 2017 hired as chief information officer in the Department of Premier and Cabinet - a position that attracted a salary of up to $244,000 a year.
In return, she rewarded Corkill with a lucrative government contracts worth $23,000 over three weeks.
Corkill, of Western Australia, had pleaded guilty to one count of deception and one count of improperly accepting a benefit.
In sentencing on Friday, District Court Judge Michael Boylan said Corkill's crimes were serious.
"People in a position which your sister obtained have access to much sensitive information," he said.
"Only people suitably qualified should be employed in government departments."
Judge Boylan handed Corkill a 12-month suspended sentence on a two-year good behaviour bond.
He did not order that he pay any compensation, nothing he had been bankrupt after the GFC and owned just a 15 per cent share of his family home.
Theriault's ploy came undone when she falsely claimed there had been three major cyber-security incidents and was asked to stand down.
The pair was arrested in September 2017 following an investigation by South Australia's Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Bruce Lander.
Lawyers for Theriault last week told the court she was affected by bipolar disorder throughout the hiring process and her employment in the department.
She has pleaded guilty to deception and dishonesty charges, and will be sentenced at a date to be set.