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Harvard senior accused of faking transcripts, stealing financial aid

May 17, 2010

A Harvard University senior is facing 20 criminal charges for allegedly creating a fraudulent life history that led to his admission to Harvard.

Adam Wheeler, 23, is currently being held by authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.

According to District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr., a Harvard professor became suspicious about Wheeler's submission for the scholarships and discovered he had allegedly plagiarized another student's work. Harvard then discovered he had fabricated his Harvard transcript – he made himself a straight A student – for the scholarship application.

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