Adam Wheeler, Harvard University student, plead not guilty to fraud charges after being arrested for allegedly faking his prior education documents and benefitting from it financially.
Wheeler got hit hard in court with 20 different charges that include but are not limited to forgery, larceny, and fraud. Not only is Wheeler being held for faking his way into the university, but he also lied his way into thousands of dollars of loans to attend Harvard. His bail was set at $5,000 and his next court appearance is scheduled for June 9th, reported ABC News.
"The crux of these offenses are identity theft, fraud, larceny and falsification of documents," said Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Wheeler is originally from Delaware but is currently in jail in Massachusetts. His financial aid fraud cost the school $45,000. Wheeler also flaunted his ego around campus telling everyone he had perfect ACT scores since his enrollment in 2007. He told Harvard faculty he had finished an exemplary program at Phillips Academy in Andover, along with MIT, reported CBS News.
A Harvard professor started looking closely at Wheeler when the student submitted a writing sample that was reminiscent of work done by the professor's former coworker. Wheeler's applications for loan assistance were then put under the microscope. Wheeler was able to con his way through almost three years of Ivy League schooling before his arrest. The only prior college experience Wheeler genuinely had was at Bowdoin College in Maine where he was suspended for cheating.