You’ve probably heard about this: Adam Wheeler, a 23-year-old “student” on the verge of graduating this spring, was kicked out of Harvard for falsifying his academic records. He was found out when a professor discovered he had plagiarized another student’s work in his application for a Rhodes scholarship.
But that didn’t faze him.
After his ejection, he then applied to both Yale and Brown—using a fabricated recommendation from the Harvard dean who first noticed his alleged scheme. Wheeler was eventually arrested and arraigned on 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud, and other charges.
This, you have to admit, is one ambitious fellow. Harvard, Rhodes scholarship, Yale, Brown. There just didn’t seem to be any stopping him. You have to wonder what he might have become had he not been found out, almost literally, on the threshold of graduation.
The prosecutor in the case said that Wheeler essentially stole $45,000 in financial aid, scholarship money, and academic awards from Harvard.
But his worst offense? Being an English major. What was he thinking?