HARVARD (WKOW) -- A 23-year-old man is accused of faking his way into one of the world's most prestigious schools, and now is facing nearly two dozen charges.
Adam Wheeler will be arraigned on 20 counts Tuesday, including identity fraud and forgery for allegedly creating an academic transcript out of whole cloth to get into Harvard, but they say that was just the beginning.
According to prosecutors, Wheeler's alleged fraud started to unravel last September when, as a senior as Harvard, he applied for the prestigious Rhodes and Fulbright Scholarships.
But when a Harvard professor noticed some of Wheeler's writing was plagiarized, officials decided to take a closer look at Wheeler's entire record and discovered that the straight-A transcript was allegedly a fabrication.
Even after Wheeler left Harvard after being accused of plagiarism, he didn't slow down at all. He applied for an internship at a prestigious hospital. Unlike Harvard, the hospital did a background check on Wheeler that showed he was misrepresenting himself and they turned him down.