Admitting a lie

Sometimes claimants who have tried to deceive the Board change their minds. Some have come forward voluntarily at the start of their hearing, admitted what they had done, and tried to explain why they had done it.
In such cases, Gary is not always sympathetic. Sometimes he concludes, regardless, that the claimant is a dishonest person who cannot be trusted. Sometimes he even thinks that the fact that the claimant is coming forward is a ploy to try to win his sympathy. Other times, though, this very honest act has helped to convince Gary that the claimant is an honest person who made a bad mistake because they were desperate and afraid.

If Ana, Tariq and Monique had admitted to Gary at the start of their hearings that they had tried to deceive the Board, the outcome could not have been worse than what happened when Gary discovered their deceptions himself. If they had come clean, he might have been sympathetic. And they would at least have had the chanced to explain why they had lied: because they were terrified of losing their cases and being sent home.

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