Akash Maharaj, Consider Your Google-Cache Dead

Akash Maharaj, Consider Your Google-Cache DeadA New York Post article entitled “SKEEVY IVY SCAMMER: NYer Faked Way Into Yale and its $$: Probe” (when did NYP start sourcing headline-writing to 13-year-old girls on MySpace?) breaks the identity of Yale’s mysterious scam artist. Gawker breaks a second identity via a web of rumors on our comment boards: Bonesman Victor Cazares is also rumored to be the gay lover who initially alerted authorities to inconsistencies in Maharaj’s story.

Meanwhile, this 2006 Spec article offers a Moebius strip of imagined Maharaj history. Before claiming to be a Columbia transfer at Yale, he apparently claimed to be a Yale transfer at Columbia:

“Columbia has been disappointing in almost every way,” said Akash Maharaj, who transferred to Columbia from Yale at the beginning of the year. By the end of first semester, he was ready to transfer back.

Since his arrival here in September, he says, pretty much everything has been going wrong. He says that the Core Curriculum is “old-fashioned and ridiculous”, the school environment is “anonymous”, and, though he loves New York City, he gets to do things around the city “only around once every two weeks, anyway.”

Ironically, it was Maharaj’s loss of anonymity-in the arms of a lover-that ruined him. Falsified identities can be lonesome that way.

  • Yalie

    Hard to be completely sure from this one picture (and because it was a year ago and I barely went to class) but I think I had a seminar with this guy, and I distinctly remember him being an outrageously pretentious douchebag.

  • Yalie

    Hard to be completely sure from this one picture (and because it was a year ago and I barely went to class) but I think I had a seminar with this guy, and I distinctly remember him being an outrageously pretentious douchebag.

  • Yalie

    On second though, I’m 95% sure that’s him.

  • Yalie

    On second though, I’m 95% sure that’s him.

  • Yalie

    On second though, I’m 95% sure that’s him.

  • Yalie

    On second though, I’m 95% sure that’s him.

  • cornellius winesbury III

    Y’all niggas got vaynered!

  • cornellius winesbury III

    Y’all niggas got vaynered!

  • damn

    yeah, he does look a bit gay here. to the hallows with you.

  • damn

    yeah, he does look a bit gay here. to the hallows with you.

  • nypost

    RE: The NY Post headline — their headlines are standalone works of pop culture prose. Though, this one does fall a little short.

  • nypost

    RE: The NY Post headline — their headlines are standalone works of pop culture prose. Though, this one does fall a little short.

  • oxford 10

    i don’t think camb does transfers–mebbe he studied abroad last year?

  • oxford 10

    i don’t think camb does transfers–mebbe he studied abroad last year?

  • Sim

    isn’t lerner hall the columbia student center? … so the “skeevy ivy scammer” lived there — as a homeless squatter type? nice.

  • Sim

    isn’t lerner hall the columbia student center? … so the “skeevy ivy scammer” lived there — as a homeless squatter type? nice.

  • cc 09

    all columbia mailboxes are also there, so our addresses are all XXXX Lerner Hall. No one lives in the building, but I’ve seen several sunrises after working there all night.

  • cc 09

    all columbia mailboxes are also there, so our addresses are all XXXX Lerner Hall. No one lives in the building, but I’ve seen several sunrises after working there all night.

  • ViolentQuaker

    1 in 4, maybe more. Go Bulldogs.

  • ViolentQuaker

    1 in 4, maybe more. Go Bulldogs.

  • yale 07

    WTF, another fraud at Yale! Seriously disturbing.

  • yale 07

    WTF, another fraud at Yale! Seriously disturbing.

  • littlegreenbulldog

    Try as he may, his fame will not surpass that of Aleksey Vayner.

  • littlegreenbulldog

    Try as he may, his fame will not surpass that of Aleksey Vayner.

  • An English Major?

    You’re missing the best part. The postcolonial theorist quoted in today’s Times, saying that Mr. Maharaj was one of “the most brilliant” students she had had in nearly 30 years at Yale. “He was articulate, very attentive and so highly intelligent that I considered asking him to work as my assistant over the summer,” she said.
    Imagine that. A mentally-unstable fabulist, a brilliant bullshit artist, cons his way into the Ivy League. And where does he end up? As a prize-winning English major, with professors fawning over him. But for his lover’s spat, he was staring at a promising academic career. Too funny.

  • An English Major?

    You’re missing the best part. The postcolonial theorist quoted in today’s Times, saying that Mr. Maharaj was one of “the most brilliant” students she had had in nearly 30 years at Yale. “He was articulate, very attentive and so highly intelligent that I considered asking him to work as my assistant over the summer,” she said.
    Imagine that. A mentally-unstable fabulist, a brilliant bullshit artist, cons his way into the Ivy League. And where does he end up? As a prize-winning English major, with professors fawning over him. But for his lover’s spat, he was staring at a promising academic career. Too funny.

  • um…

    actually, that theorist is every bit unbalanced herself. Why didn’t anyone publish that she was senile? Brilliant though she is, she isn’t the best arbiter of intelligence.

  • um…

    actually, that theorist is every bit unbalanced herself. Why didn’t anyone publish that she was senile? Brilliant though she is, she isn’t the best arbiter of intelligence.

  • ha

    what a douchebag….i hope he gets jailed for a decade

  • ha

    what a douchebag….i hope he gets jailed for a decade

  • english major

    My favorite part is that Akash was way smarter than most Yalies. He was by far the best person in the seminar I took with him and he actually won an English department award. Although, clearly he was really good at BS.

  • english major

    My favorite part is that Akash was way smarter than most Yalies. He was by far the best person in the seminar I took with him and he actually won an English department award. Although, clearly he was really good at BS.

  • @ViolentQuaker

    That was funny in the 70s and 80s. You know, when it was actually coined. Yale is just as gay as everywhere else these days, in more ways than one.

  • @ViolentQuaker

    That was funny in the 70s and 80s. You know, when it was actually coined. Yale is just as gay as everywhere else these days, in more ways than one.

  • Yale 08

    LOL @ English Major! You are correct and I feel the same way. Anyone who knew Akash at Yale knos that you can’t fake that kind of intelligence. The professor quoted wasn’t the only one — ALL of his professors thought highly of him. He won an English prize, he often led the discussions in the two seminar classes he and I took together, he got straight A’s at Yale…this was not a kid lacking in academic accomplishment.

    You guys seriously need to stop assuming that an accusation = truth. I knew Akash pretty well while he was at Yale and he was one of the smartest, funniest, politically aware, and kindest people I met. As far as I know these accusations are false and will be shown to be false but in the meantime, an accusation does not register as guilt.

    At Yale, Akash did well in all his classes and was brilliant in an English class we took together where he and I collaborated on a project. I was also one of the few people he got together for a project he was trying to get going at Yale to feed the homeless in New Haven. Under his instruction, a few of us basically took containers and plates to the dinning halls and took food that would probably go to waste (and since our meal plans allowed us to take as much as we wanted) and went outside with them and fed the homeless. It was all his idea to better utilize our meal plans and to make a point that Yale — a wealthy institution in the middle of a poor city — should do more for its underprivileged neighbors. Akash also did canvassing for the College Democrats, marched in a number of protests for immigration rights and against the war on Iraq, and was involved in a community program where he read to underprivileged first and second graders in New Haven and volunteered to help them after hours with homework etc.

    My point is, a bad relationship and the possibility of emotional problems does not make someone guilty of heinous accusations and certainly does not make him a bad person. Do any of you actually know the young man you are trashing? Did any of you check to see if his boyfriend was squeaky clean? Victor Cazares stole or destroyed all of Akash’s belongings (and then admitted this to the Yale police), stole his own father’s identity to purchase a laptop, and used Akash throughout their unfortunate relationship so that Akash would buy him things and take care of him. He took advantage of a sweet, potentially troubled but nevertheless brilliant young man. And this is not to trash Victor either — I’m sure he too has his good qualities and I know that Akash did things in their relationship that were also unfair. I’m just saying, people are complicated and aren’t always easy to peg as “good” and “bad” and by perpetuating these vicious rumors instead of waiting for a substantial verdict, you’re all just as guilty as the New York Post, and whoever else at Yale is spreading these lies. You’re all just as guilty in ruining the life and reputation of someone you don’t even know.

    I don’t think Akash has anything to be ashamed of. But I think maybe, some of us here do.

  • Yale 08

    LOL @ English Major! You are correct and I feel the same way. Anyone who knew Akash at Yale knos that you can’t fake that kind of intelligence. The professor quoted wasn’t the only one — ALL of his professors thought highly of him. He won an English prize, he often led the discussions in the two seminar classes he and I took together, he got straight A’s at Yale…this was not a kid lacking in academic accomplishment.

    You guys seriously need to stop assuming that an accusation = truth. I knew Akash pretty well while he was at Yale and he was one of the smartest, funniest, politically aware, and kindest people I met. As far as I know these accusations are false and will be shown to be false but in the meantime, an accusation does not register as guilt.

    At Yale, Akash did well in all his classes and was brilliant in an English class we took together where he and I collaborated on a project. I was also one of the few people he got together for a project he was trying to get going at Yale to feed the homeless in New Haven. Under his instruction, a few of us basically took containers and plates to the dinning halls and took food that would probably go to waste (and since our meal plans allowed us to take as much as we wanted) and went outside with them and fed the homeless. It was all his idea to better utilize our meal plans and to make a point that Yale — a wealthy institution in the middle of a poor city — should do more for its underprivileged neighbors. Akash also did canvassing for the College Democrats, marched in a number of protests for immigration rights and against the war on Iraq, and was involved in a community program where he read to underprivileged first and second graders in New Haven and volunteered to help them after hours with homework etc.

    My point is, a bad relationship and the possibility of emotional problems does not make someone guilty of heinous accusations and certainly does not make him a bad person. Do any of you actually know the young man you are trashing? Did any of you check to see if his boyfriend was squeaky clean? Victor Cazares stole or destroyed all of Akash’s belongings (and then admitted this to the Yale police), stole his own father’s identity to purchase a laptop, and used Akash throughout their unfortunate relationship so that Akash would buy him things and take care of him. He took advantage of a sweet, potentially troubled but nevertheless brilliant young man. And this is not to trash Victor either — I’m sure he too has his good qualities and I know that Akash did things in their relationship that were also unfair. I’m just saying, people are complicated and aren’t always easy to peg as “good” and “bad” and by perpetuating these vicious rumors instead of waiting for a substantial verdict, you’re all just as guilty as the New York Post, and whoever else at Yale is spreading these lies. You’re all just as guilty in ruining the life and reputation of someone you don’t even know.

    I don’t think Akash has anything to be ashamed of. But I think maybe, some of us here do.

  • nice try Akash

    who is spreading rumors? These are substantiated accusations that you submitted false documents to gain entry to Yale as well as recieve financial aid. It’s all falsifiable. However, none of us can prove that you really gave food to a homeless person and so will refrain from spreading that rumor.

  • nice try Akash

    who is spreading rumors? These are substantiated accusations that you submitted false documents to gain entry to Yale as well as recieve financial aid. It’s all falsifiable. However, none of us can prove that you really gave food to a homeless person and so will refrain from spreading that rumor.

  • YLS

    One in two, maybe you.

  • YLS

    One in two, maybe you.

  • @YLS

    is this supposed to be an insult? Is being gay an insult even in the gay and lesbian community? if not then I don’t see how this is a rebuttal. Perhaps you meant to put a question mark and were only inquiring.

  • @YLS

    is this supposed to be an insult? Is being gay an insult even in the gay and lesbian community? if not then I don’t see how this is a rebuttal. Perhaps you meant to put a question mark and were only inquiring.

  • Yale 08 not akash

    as someone who knew akash, i definitely heard him bitch multiple times about how he hated “new haven bums,” so I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t make the effort of taking food to them.

  • Yale 08 not akash

    as someone who knew akash, i definitely heard him bitch multiple times about how he hated “new haven bums,” so I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t make the effort of taking food to them.

  • bizzle

    The feuding gay lovers, the self-absorbed abortion art chick, the voyeuristic Dane, that Aleksey guy, and most of the people i knew when I was there should all get married. Then they should all link arms and jump off a cliff. Then Yale should liquidate its assets and give them to all the people who have lower incomes as a result of not lying or bullshitting their way into an ivy league school.

  • bizzle

    The feuding gay lovers, the self-absorbed abortion art chick, the voyeuristic Dane, that Aleksey guy, and most of the people i knew when I was there should all get married. Then they should all link arms and jump off a cliff. Then Yale should liquidate its assets and give them to all the people who have lower incomes as a result of not lying or bullshitting their way into an ivy league school.