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By Benjamin Snyder
September 16, 2014

David Tovar, the VP of corporate communications at Walmart (WMT), had been a rising star at the retailer. One big problem: He lied on his resume. And, unfortunately for him, it cost him the job.

Tovar fudged his biography for the last nearly two decades about graduating from the University of Delaware with an arts degree. While he did attend the institution for four years, he was credits shy of receiving his diploma. Instead of finishing up the degree, he started his career. Until just recently, no one noticed.

“I got a job and never looked back,” Tovar said Tuesday in an interview on CNBC. “I really didn’t think an art degree would matter in communications, which was the field I went into.”

But a routine background check while being considered for a promotion turned up the discrepancy. He told CNBC: “Walmart said they could not promote me based on what they found. I said that the more senior job is the one that I wanted, so we agreed I would leave.”

Earlier this year, Tovar gained widespread media attention for a post on Walmart’s blog attacking a New York Times story for being “wildly inaccurate.” But it seems like so, too, was the biography he was touting for the past 18 years.

Tovar is by no means alone for fluffing up his resume. In fact, he joins an elite list of businessmen who’ve inflated their resumes to gain advantage in the corporate world. Resume lies are apparently on the rise, with the issue having gotten worse since the recession. Fortune looked into some of those cases.

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