If your employer finds out about this, would probably be instantly dismissed for firstly lying on the application, secondly creating false references and for breach of trust.
It would be gross misconduct.
There is a possibility thatyou would be charged with obtaining goods or services by deception but it would be up to the police whether they decided to pursue that.
What would normally happen now is that you would be asked to attend an interview under caution where you would be told that you could have a solicitor present if you wish. If the police thought that they had sufficient evidence to charge you, you would be charged and it would be dealt with probably in the magistrates court.
Because no one has been financially disadvantaged and you say that you are infinitely capable of doing the job, neither the police nor the employer may be bothered but that decision is up to them.
If you are charged, whilst you have mitigation in respect of the circumstances, you don’t appear to have a defence. Even if successfully prosecuted, you are unlikely to get a worse penalty than a fine and community service.
You would get one third reduction for an early guilty plea.
You will not go to prison. You can put that out of your mind.
Just answer the police questions and if you are interviewed under caution, don’t volunteer anything, just answer their questions. Have a solicitor present. If you don’t have a solicitor, then they will get the duty solicitor for you.
I would actually be surprised if they prosecuted you for this although they may offer you a Formal Caution.
They don’t have to actually tell your employer as such but they may want to interview the employer as part of the overall matter and hence, they may find out anyway.
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