Man Jailed for Putting Harvard on His Resume

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on November 14, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Seems like Harvard faker Adam Wheeler hasn't learned his lesson.

The 25-year-old was convicted of fraud last year for lying his way into the Ivy League. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail and 10 years of probation, but only served 1 month in jail.

Now it looks like he'll be serving a few more. Wheeler was arrested last week and has admitted to portraying himself as a Harvard student. Again.

When Adam Wheeler originally applied to Harvard in 2007, he said that he had attended an exclusive prep school and MIT. He also faked his test scores and letters of recommendations.

School officials found out when he applied for the Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, reports the Associated Press. His resume falsely claimed he co-authored papers and taught courses.

As part of his terms of probation, the Harvard faker was ordered to fake no more. He is not allowed to represent himself as a Harvard student or graduate. Except he did.

He apparently lost his job in July and felt pressured to find a job, notes the AP. Turns out he has to pay Harvard about $45,000 in restitution.

While at the school, he won a number of department awards and grants using plagiarized essays, and received some financial aid, according to the Harvard Crimson.

That money is probably why he was charged with fraud in the first place. Even if he had written the essays, he lied his way into Harvard. He therefore wrongfully received the award money.

Prosecutors have thus asked that Adam Wheeler serve the remainder of his jail term. Do you think another 2 years and 5 months is too harsh a punishment for the Harvard faker?

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