Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adam Wheeler Catches Harvard With Elaborate Con

When Adam Wheeler strolled the halls of Harvard, he no doubt felt like he was essential. He had the grades, the references and more extracurricular activities than Batman. Sadly, Mr. Wheeler was spinning quite a tall tale. The prince charming Adam Wheeler faked his entire educational career, as outlined by ABC News. The young man had secured well over $ 45,000 in grants and installment loan in order to attend Harvard. Wheeler’s indiscretions earned him 20 criminal charges, including I.D. fraud, forgery and larceny.

Article Resource: Intercollegiate faker Adam Wheeler scams Ivy League schools By Personal Money Store

Administrators had to wake up early to catch Adam Wheeler

Schools like Harvard saw what appeared to be a great asset to their student body, and Wheeler was all too happy to lead them on. They didn’t take the time to follow up on any of Mr. Wheeler’s outstanding claims. Could it be that Adam Wheeler was that smooth a criminal? Regardless, Rhodes and Fulbright scholarship staff caught on to Wheeler’s scam when they looked over his work samples. He was exposed as a plagiarist. A further background check revealed the man to be a fraud.

Wheeler spun an elaborate tale that ended in tragedy

Middlesex County DA Gerry Leone characterized Adam Wheeler's game in these terms. From the sterling prep school grades to allegedly perfect SAT scores that led to a stint at MIT, Adam Wheeler rode his lies into Harvard. Sensing he’d need an escape route at some time, Wheeler even applied to other Ivy League schools for transfer (Brown and Yale). Little did he know that his reality of average SATs and being kicked out of a small college in Maine would rise to the surface.

Wheeler’s colleagues were baffled by how he was able to fool them all

”What are these accomplishments if they’re not something that you kind of have done yourself?” wondered one of Wheeler’s classmates. College life and whether students get real value for their money is one potential scam, but Wheeler rises to the top as the scam king here. Then again, it can also be said that college indeed has value, but not quite as much as when a bachelor’s degree actually meant something.

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ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/adam-wheeler-accused-faking-harvard-university-scholarships/story?id=10674294



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