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    Kid Cons Way into Harvard (and Out of Bowdoin)

    Adam Wheeler falsified his transcripts and etc., to get himself accepted as a transfer student at Harvard... after having been dismissed from Bowdoin due to academic dishonesty.

    Harvard only realized what he'd done in his senior year, when he applied for Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships by listing someone else's work as his own. One of the profs reviewing the scholarship applications recognized the listed work as being that of a fellow professor, and thus not the student's.

    Wheeler is being brought up on charges, including larceny, due to having, basically, stolen the over $45k in financial aid he'd received in order to pay for his schooling.

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news/reg..._from_harvard/

    Interestingly, he was denied an internship at McLean Hospital because they found that he'd lied on his application. See, McLean did a background check. But for Harvard, the kid somehow was able to falsify and submit fake SAT scores, MIT transcripts, Phillips Academy transcripts, false professor references, etc, and got in without a second glance.
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    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    He'll probably write a book, make a million dollars and be hired by some big corporation as their CEO.
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    I agree with you rfisher.

    He's obviously intelligent. He's just not channeling it in the right direction.

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    This reminds me of the guy in the movie "Catch Me If You Can." Sounds like he would be useful to the CIA, NSA or some other similar organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilgrimsoul View Post
    This reminds me of the guy in the movie "Catch Me If You Can." Sounds like he would be useful to the CIA, NSA or some other similar organization.
    Or Goldman Sachs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pilgrimsoul View Post
    This reminds me of the guy in the movie "Catch Me If You Can." Sounds like he would be useful to the CIA, NSA or some other similar organization.
    Yeah... if they could actually trust him. Which they cannot.

    Quote Originally Posted by susan6 View Post
    Or Goldman Sachs.
    I hate to laugh, but
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    Yeah... if they could actually trust him. Which they cannot.
    Yes. Remember, Frank Abagnale (subject of "Catch Me If You Can") only went straight and started teaching the FBI to catch check-forgers after he discovered there are worse things than US prisons (like French prisons.) And all he did was teach them how to get people doing what he did--the CIA and NSA do not want someone they can't trust.

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    Wheeler has plead not guilty.

    He'd applied to transfer to Yale when he first got caught at Harvard. His Yale application was denied because Yale had called his parents to check up on some things, and his parents told them he'd been booted from Harvard, and why.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    Wheeler has plead not guilty.

    He'd applied to transfer to Yale when he first got caught at Harvard. His Yale application was denied because Yale had called his parents to check up on some things, and his parents told them he'd been booted from Harvard, and why.
    I guess he likely didn't learn about lying from his parents. Good for them exposing his lies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    He'll probably write a book, make a million dollars and be hired by some big corporation as their CEO.
    Only in America!
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    No Adam in my family, luckily

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Wheeler View Post
    No Adam in my family, luckily
    Whew!
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Why would he plead not guilty, when it seems obvious there's a lot of proof he did it?

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    Hey, whatever happened to that girl who plagiarized a book to get into Harvard?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelskates View Post
    Why would he plead not guilty, when it seems obvious there's a lot of proof he did it?
    Ten bucks says he claims some kind of addiction and goes into rehab. It works for celebrities.

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    It's not unusual for someone to plead not guilty at first. He can change this later if he needs to, or if he works out a plea deal.

    It's also possible that he feels he's guilty of certain of the accusations, but not of others. The one I'm thinking won't stick is using a fake degree, as he never actually obtained a degree.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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