WOBURN, Mass.—Adam B. Wheeler, who pleaded guilty last year to faking his way into Harvard and cheating the University out of over $45,000, was sentenced to one year in prison, on Friday after he landed back in court last month for violating his probation.
Adam B. Wheeler, a former Harvard student who pleaded guilty in December to faking his way into Harvard through falsified transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation was put back in jail Wednesday.
University President Drew G. Faust told the Boston Globe that Wheeler’s alleged deceit—falsifying transcripts, SAT scores, and letters of recommendation in his transfer application to Harvard and thereby bilking the University of over $45,000 in financial aid, research grants, and prizes—has led Harvard to make changes in its admissions process to prevent future fraud.
Adam B. Wheeler, the former Harvard student who pled not guilty earlier this month for fabricating his academic history, applied to Stanford University after his dismissal from Harvard and was accepted at the California school for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Despite the fact that Adam Wheeler has been charged with larceny, identity fraud, falsifying an endorsement or approval, and pretending to hold a degree, he might actually have supporters. There is now a Facebook fan page called "Free Adam Wheeler!" that has, in its description, a summary of Wheeler's crimes but ends with what seems to be the premise of the fan-page: "Hey, everyone makes mistakes."
We're willing to bet that life has been rough for Adam B. Wheeler over the past few days, what with all the scandal about his scam that got him a spot at Harvard. But along with the national media frenzy and widespread condemnation of Wheeler, here at Harvard a few individuals have taken up his cause—or have they? Now, thanks to the efforts of a few seniors, you can get your very own "Free Adam Wheeler" T-shirt.
In response to the case of Adam B. Wheeler—a former Harvard student who was indicted on 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud, falsifying an endorsement or approval, and pretending to hold a degree—the national media and their affiliates scoured the Square yesterday for student reactions. Below, we've compiled some video clips that feature our fellow students.
The revelation that former Harvard student Adam B. Wheeler eluded the illustrious Harvard College admissions office has left some wondering what went wrong in the process and how Wheeler could have taken his scheme so far.