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Man Who Faked Way Into Harvard Cited School On Job Resume

By Denise Lavoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer
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Adam Wheeler, seen here in December 2010.

Adam Wheeler, seen here in December 2010.

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WOBURN (AP) — A Delaware man convicted of fraud for faking his way into Harvard has been ordered held without bail after admitting he violated his probation by citing Harvard on a job resume.

Last year, Adam Wheeler was sentenced to 2½ years in jail, with all but one month suspended, and 10 years’ probation after pleading guilty to identity fraud and other charges.

Prosecutors said he got into Harvard by falsely claiming he attended exclusive Phillips Academy prep school in Andover and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Under his probation, Wheeler was barred from representing himself as a Harvard student or graduate.

Wheeler’s lawyer acknowledged Wednesday that Wheeler had violated his probation.

A prosecutor said he will ask that Wheeler be sentenced to serve the remainder of the 2½-year sentence. A hearing is scheduled Nov. 17.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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