Adam Wheeler Pulls A Fast One On Harvard University

Adam Wheeler appeared to be a highly motivated young student with a bright future. The 23-year-old had great grades on paper, also as the kind of well-rounded academic resume that makes administrators swoon. But as stories go, Mr. Wheeler's tale was a bedtime fairy tale for our cynical age. Adam Wheeler, student extraordinaire, was only extraordinary in his fabricated notion of reality, as outlined by ABC News. Wheeler scammed scholarship groups and paycheck loans organizations for well over $ 45,000 in order to play the role of a Harvard student. Wheeler's indiscretions earned him 20 criminal charges, including I.D. fraud, forgery and larceny.

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Administrators had to awaken 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. Of course, could it be that Adam Wheeler was simply that good at being a cheat? Whatever the case, administrators in charge of the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships really paid attention and started to uncover work samples Wheeler claimed were his own. 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

Adam Wheeler’s game was much like that, as outlined by Middlesex County DA Gerry Leone. Adam Wheeler had all the right lies, from exclusive prep school and perfect SATs, all the way to Harvard. To change it up a bit, he'd also applied at Brown ,Yale and other Ivy League schools for transfers (or maybe to escape capture). The reality of his scholastic situation is that he went to public school, did not have perfect SAT scores and had really been kicked out of Bowdoin College in Maine.

How did this guy go as far as he did, many wondered

"What are these achievements if they're not something that you kind of have done yourself?" asked a stunned fellow Harvardite. It was of course a rhetorical question, as much of the collegiate experience might be considered legalized fraud, with U.S. politicians fully on board. On the other hand, maybe college might be said to have real value, even if bachelor's degrees aren't as valuable as they used to be.

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