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Alleged con man was offered Stanford admission, now revoked

June 9, 2010 |  4:09 pm

Add Stanford to the list of universities that may have been duped by a Delaware man who faces criminal charges for allegedly lying about his academic and personal accomplishments to gain entrance and scholarships at Harvard.

A Stanford University spokeswoman said Wednesday that Adam Wheeler had been offered admission as a transfer student for this fall but that the offer had since been revoked. Documents about his Stanford application are being handed over to Massachusetts prosecutors, who last month charged Wheeler with larceny, identify fraud and other charges stemming from his two years at Harvard and $45,000 in financial aid there.

Wheeler was admitted to Harvard after falsely claiming he had attended a prestigious prep school and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had very high grades and perfect SAT scores, officials in Massachusetts contend. Wheeler, 23, was dismissed from Harvard last fall after questions of plagiarism arose over his applications for post-graduate fellowships.

Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said privacy rules prevented her from revealing details of Wheeler’s application and how officials had admitted him. She said the university’s policy is to revoke acceptance if it discovers any fraudulent information. "He will not be enrolling at Stanford," she said.

-- Larry Gordon