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Harvard senior charged with fabricating life history, stealing grant money

Kei-o-leiKei-o-lei 1592 replies39 postsRegistered User Senior Member
edited January 2011 in Harvard University
Wow . . . sure takes a long time for even smaht people to catch up with blatant lying.

Harvard senior charged with fabricating life history, stealing grant money - Local News Updates - MetroDesk - The Boston Globe

P.S. Sorry, waitlistees from 2006 :-(
edited January 2011
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  • lebronjameslebronjames 485 replies82 posts- Member
    OMG.
    totally second : "Sorry, waitlistees from 2006 :-( "
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  • WindCloudUltraWindCloudUltra 1703 replies58 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I'm still trying to figure out how he managed to forge an official MIT transcript AND College Board score results without someone in the admissions office noticing. Something smells fishy...
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  • drdomdrdom 411 replies5 postsRegistered User Member
    similar to a story at Yale about 2 years ago.
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  • tokenadulttokenadult 15970 replies1501 postsRegistered User Senior Member
  • jonrijonri 7272 replies134 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    This has happened a number of times. Way back when I was young, a student faked his way into Harvard Law using a fake name and fake transcripts. The Crimson tried to interview his "girlfriend," a student at the B school. It turned out that she was his wife--back in those days, Harvard wouldn't allow a married couple to both receive financial aid--and she had falsified her app to the B school.

    I think it was the Atlantic which ran the story of a guy who pulled a similar scam at Princeton. maybe 15 years ago. He was a track star. He was actually quite a number of years older than he claimed. Somebody who ran against him in high school recognized him at a track meet. He had built this whole persona at Princeton--he was a BMOC.

    So, it happens.

    What's amazing to me is that he applied for a Rhodes and Marshall. And, he applied to Yale and Brown using a rec from the Harvard prof who caught him!

    If he hadn't gone for the Rhodes and Marshall, he probably would have gotten away with a Harvard degree.
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  • curmudgeoncurmudgeon 11830 replies298 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Man. This kid is like the DiCaprio character in "Catch Me if You Can". I see Washington in this young man's future. No, not politics. Crazy Frank Washington over in Cell Block D. ;)
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  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty 2333 replies97 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    WOW.....

    What's sad is that his spot could have been rightfully given to someone else...that actually worked hard for it...
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  • royal73royal73 268 replies7 postsRegistered User Junior Member
  • anxiousmomanxiousmom 5794 replies105 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    There was a situation at Rice U several years back where a young adult male lived on campus and ran with the track team as a "walk-on" and told everyone that he attended Rice. I guess he did, although he wasn't actually enrolled and he got by by mooching off of people in the serveries and sleeping in different people's rooms. Eventually someone got suspicious since he didn't seem to attend many classes and he was found out!
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  • XX55XXXX55XX 970 replies44 postsRegistered User Member
    Well, universities can revoke degrees, so even if he got away, he would have been caught eventually and stripped of his degree. One a liar, always a liar.
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  • MD MomMD Mom 6644 replies84 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    One of the college guides said that the faculty at Princeton complained that the school was filled with bright kids who have learned to work the system. Guess there is at least one of those at Harvard, too.
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  • eastafrobeautyeastafrobeauty 2333 replies97 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Ohhh i rememeber

    There was a story kinda like this...but this one woman faked that she went to Columbia...she stole someone else's Identity..but she got caught :P

    ^ I think I saw that on 20/20 lol...
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  • XX55XXXX55XX 970 replies44 postsRegistered User Member
    One of the college guides said that the faculty at Princeton complained that the school was filled with bright kids who have learned to work the system. Guess there is at least one of those at Harvard, too.

    Lots of people learn how to work the system. It is simply a fact of life.

    I, too have exploited inefficiencies in the system to my benefit, but never would I ever dream of breaking the law to advance myself. Cases like these are pretty isolated...
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    "
    A Harvard University senior is facing 20 criminal charges for allegedly creating afraudulent life history that led to his admission to Harvard, and for using forged academic materials from Harvard when he applied for the prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

    Adam B. Wheeler, 23, is currently being held by authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn. In a statement, District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr. alleged that Wheeler has misled academic officials at Harvard and other academic institutions over the years.

    He is charged with four counts of larceny over $250, eight counts of identity fraud, seven counts of falsifying an endorsement or approval and pretending to hold a degree..."
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  • hofstrahopefulhofstrahopeful 91 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
  • proud_momproud_mom 757 replies14 postsRegistered User Member
    Every once in a while news articles about "professionals" who have faked their credentials and have been practicing their "professional trade" without the formal education or licensing pop up. Some people will make up anything and are able to lie without any remorse. They are referred to as sociopaths and one book I read suggested that one in ten people are sociopaths. They exist in every area of society.
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  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey 4548 replies42 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    "Leone said a Harvard professor became suspicious about Wheeler's submission for the scholarships and discovered he had allegedly plagiarized another student's work. Harvard then discovered he had fabricated his Harvard transcript – he made himself a straight A student – for the scholarship application."

    This is for the Rhodes scholarship?

    So if he had just laid low after getting in, he would have gotten away with it?

    God damn! I should have done that.
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  • RenaisRenais 109 replies4 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    This guy got too greedy.

    Unfortunately, there's probably plenty more, uncaught as of yet. :(
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  • BigGBigG 3729 replies156 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Sounds like a potential or would be Wall Streeter who forgot to follow the money.
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  • gadadgadad 7471 replies301 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    Do you remember this one at Stanford from three years ago?:

    "Stanford University officials evicted an 18-year old student this week after discovering she was not enrolled at the school—despite living in several dorms, buying textbooks, and appearing to study for exams, the Stanford Daily reports. Azia Kim masqueraded as a sophomore majoring in human biology for eight months before a suspicious RA alerted the housing office.

    "Kim convinced her roommates she was temporarily out of housing due to a technical mixup, and snuck into dorms and meals without an ID, all—her would-be classmates speculate—because of an overwrought need to get in, not to disappoint her parents."
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