A 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.