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Conning Harvard

Adam Wheeler, the Con Artist Who Faked His Way Into the Ivy League

Zauzmer, Julie

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"Conning Harvard tells the story of Adam Wheeler's lie-filled path into Harvard, his compulsive conning of grant and scholarship boards after enrolling, and the eventual discovery of his fraudulent past"-- "In a Massachusetts court last year, a 24-year-old man pled guilty to falsifying his application to Harvard, thereby bilking the world's most prestigious university out of more than $45,000 in prizes and scholarships and cheating an honest applicant out of an Ivy League diploma. Using forged SAT scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation, Wheeler outsmarted Harvard's admissions office. Once accepted to Harvard, he kept lying, cheating, and succeeding, winning thousands of dollars in prizes and grants. But then he shot too far. During his senior year at Harvard, Wheeler applied for nomination to the illustrious Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships, a gamble that finally exposed his extensive tangle of lies. Alerted that he was under suspicion, Wheeler fled Harvard but did not stop scamming universities. He successfully filed more fraudulent applications at top-tier schools across the country, until some vigilant admissions officers, Massachusetts police, and even his own parents forced him off his computer and into court. As reporters for The Harvard Crimson, Julie Zauzmer and Xi Yu covered the case from the moment the news of Wheeler's indictment broke. In the course of their reporting, they interviewed dozens of friends, roommates, teachers, and advisors who knew Wheeler at the many phases of his suspect academic career. Their fascinating account reveals how one serial scammer took on the fast-paced and competitive world of the Ivy League--and almost won."--
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2012
ISBN: 0762780029
9780762780020
Branch Call Number: 378.198 Z
Characteristics: x, 230 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Yu, Xi

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The story of Adam Wheeler who cons his way into Harvard lie upon lie, moving on to aim his con at scholarship boards and the eventual unraveling of his fraud-filled past.


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