Ivy League Con Artist
Talented Mr. Ripley gets caught... because he was greedy: Adam Wheeler, a 23-year-old Harvard student who conned his way into the University as a transfer student with fake credentials, was arrested yesterday when the Rhodes Scholarship committee tracked down his frauds and reported him to authorities.
Maybe serial-fraud reporter Stephen Glass was his role model, which would explain why Wheeler applied for a summer internship to The New Republic. This time, however, the magazine was smart enough not to be duped.
Click here for a copy of his "rather remarkable two-page resume, in which he claims that (a) he's contracted to write several books; (b) he can speak French, Old English, Classical Armenian, and Old Persian; and (c) he's in demand on the lecture circuit," reports The New Republic.
To con artists everywhere, take heed: If you lied your way into Harvard, don't be greedy and apply for a Rhodes.