Real Life “Catch Me if You Can” at Harvard — He Got Caught


Adam Wheeler is a liar. A damned good one it seems. But not quite good enough.

Wheeler lied and faked and forged his way into Harvard in 2007. On his application and transcripts, he claimed attendance and graduation from an elite prep school in Andover and then attendance at the even more elite MIT. Amazing balls.

He got into Harvard and did ok, but then he got too ballsy and applied for both Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships. He could have gone to Harvard and graduated and left, but no, he had to up the game of lies to another another level. After being caught, the guy had the nerves to apply to other colleges, including Stanford, using the same methods that got him into Harvard.

He was arrested and found guilty in 2010 to larceny. The judge gave him 10 years probation, but you just know this one could not, absolutely could not, keep from telling more whoppers.

And so he was sentenced to a year in prison in December 2011 after violating probation. The judge had him evaluated for mental illness and then had this to say:

“Rather than a mental illness, “the defendant simply has a character flaw that makes him dishonest,” Kottmyer said. “In effect, he was thumbing his nose at the system by performing exactly the same conduct as before.”

I’ll take any wager that this fella gets out of prison and proceeds to tell a few more lies and tries to pass a few more fake documents. Some may want to call this an illness or a personality/character flaw. But we know what it is, Wheeler is addicted to lying. He is literally addicted to fabrication and misdirection and illusion. Once he took a shot of the stuff as a kid, he could never stop.

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About Christopher Metcalf - Author

Christopher Metcalf is the author of Lance Priest / Preacher novels. Lance "Preacher" Priest is a spy, a killer, a human chameleon. He is the CIA's perfect weapon who lives by one simple rule -- there are no rules. Spies and Lies is a blog dedicated to espionage, the art and science of lying and occasional creative writing. www.christophermetcalf.com
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