The Pendleton Panther

Former Harvard Student Indicted for Falsified Applications

Posted on: May 18, 2010

Adam Wheeler

Former Harvard Student Adam Wheeler, 23, was indicted today by federal officials for falsifying the majority of the information he put down on his applications to Harvard, scholarships, and other programs. He had received 45,000 in scholarship aid from numerous awards that he unfairly won. According to The Crimson Newspaper, “Adam Wheeler, 23, was indicted on 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud, falsifying an endorsement or approval, and pretending to hold a degree. Wheeler was allegedly “untruthful” in his applications to the University and in scholarship applications, according to a statement released today by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone. As a senior in September 2009, Wheeler allegedly submitted fraudulent applications for the Harvard endorsement for both the United States Rhodes Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship.” This is a very shocking ordeal for the entire Harvard community as well as for any onlookers as to how something like this could even occur. The main reason his activity had been found was when a Harvard professor was reviewing applications and noticed a peculiarity. The work submitted by Wheeler was almost identical to the work of another Harvard professors and therefore plagiarized.  After seeing the work, professors and administrators delved deeper into his files and found many falsified documents claiming fraudulent transcripts and recommendations from professors whom he had signed for and written. The list of accusations goes on and on and it is very mind boggling how a person could get away with all of this for so long. He is being arraigned at the Middlesex Superior Court.


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