A man was admitted to Stanford University recently after being kicked out of Harvard University when officials there accused him of faking his academic record, the Boston Globe reported.
Adam Wheeler, 23, of Milton, Del., was indicted last month on charges of larceny and identity fraud. Prosecutors said he received more than $45,000 in Harvard financial aid, prizes and grants based on lies.
Wheeler was a Harvard senior and applying for a Rhodes Scholarship when he was dismissed from the school in October 2009 after a faculty member became suspicious that his work too closely matched something he had seen before.
Later prosecutors said they discovered Wheeler had faked his way into Harvard with false transcripts, recommendations and SAT scores.
After being tossed from Harvard, Wheeler apparently applied to transfer to several other elite universities, and his application to Stanford was successful -- for a time.
In documents filed in Wheeler's case in Middlesex Superior Court Massachusetts, prosecutors said Wheeler had been admitted to Stanford as a transfer student.
Prosecutors said they were told by Dean of Undergraduate Admission Richard Shaw that Wheeler had applied and was admitted as a transfer student junior for the 2010-2011 school year, the Globe reported.
Stanford has since rescinded the offer, the Globe said.
During the same period Wheeler allegedly submitted falsified transfer applications to other schools, including Brown University and Yale University.
Wheeler's departure from Harvard prompted investigators to examine his initial application as a transfer student to the school.
He had claimed to be a graduate of Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and a transfer applicant from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, producing what appeared to be transcripts from both schools, the Harvard Crimson reported.
However, he had attended neither institution.
Wheeler actually went to high school in Delaware and had been a sophomore at Bowdoin College in Maine. The recommendations he submitted to Harvard and said were from MIT professors were actually the names of Bowdoin professors -- but none of them said they had written the recommendations, the Crimson reported.
Wheeler allegedly claimed to have perfect 1600 SAT scores in his Harvard application when in fact he received scores of 1160 and 1220, the Crimson said.
As an English major at Harvard, he received the Hoopes Prize in the spring of 2009 for a project completed during his junior year. The published copy of that project has been removed from the Harvard library system, the Crimson reported.