Harvard faker ordered to undergo psych evaluation

November 17, 2011 - 6:15 PM

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A Delaware man convicted of fraud for faking his way into Harvard has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after a Massachusetts judge found he violated his probation by putting the Ivy League school on his resume.

Adam Wheeler was sentenced last year to 2 1/2 years in jail and 10 years' probation on fraud charges. The sentence was mostly suspended.

On Thursday, a judge ordered that Wheeler undergo a 40-day evaluation, saying it appears his behavior stems in part from mental illness. She says a psychiatric report will help her decide his punishment.

Prosecutors had said Wheeler got into Harvard by falsely claiming he attended an exclusive prep school and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They now say Wheeler should serve the rest of his sentence.