Man Charged With Faking His Way Into Harvard

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A Delaware man has been charge with getting into Harvard falsely, and duping the Ivy League school out of $45,000 in financial aid, grants and scholarships. Prosecutors say Adam Wheeler got admitted to Harvard by falsely claiming he had earned a perfect academic record at schools he did not attend.

LYNN NEARY, host:

Colleges may want to vet student applications more carefully after they hear this next story. It's our last word in business today, and the word is pseudo achiever.

Adam Wheeler entered Harvard University in 2007 with a flawless record from an elite prep school. He said he had even studied a year at MIT. He received tens of thousands of dollars in financial aid. Once at Harvard, he applied for prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

But that's when college officials discovered Wheeler was really an ambitious con artist. Seems his transcripts and recommendation letters were faked. Even though Harvard dismissed him last October, according to the Boston Globe, Wheeler still applied for an internship at the university's medical school. But his academic climb may really be over now.

NEARY: Yesterday, prosecutors charged the 23-year-old with larceny, fraud and, among other offenses, pretending to hold a degree.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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