WOBURN, Mass. – A Delaware man accused of faking his way into Harvard University and stealing $45,000 in financial aid, grants and scholarships is expected to change his not guilty plea.
Adam Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to identity fraud, larceny and 18 other charges stemming from allegations he fabricated a perfect record of academic achievement to get into the Ivy League school just outside Boston.
A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday at Woburn (WOO'-burn) Superior Court. Such hearings typically occur when a defendant plans to plead guilty or no contest.
Prosecutors won't comment. Wheeler's attorney hasn't returned a call seeking comment.
Wheeler was tossed from Harvard last year after he tried to get the school's endorsement for Rhodes and Fulbright scholarships. A professor reviewing the English major's applications became suspicious after finding evidence he had plagiarized from another professor.