Student defrauds Yale, fakes identity, forges transcripts, is probably inking deal for made-for-tv movie as we speak
Yale Daily News reports that a 26-year-old student “defrauded Yale University wholesale,” faking records, transcripts, and major elements of his identity. After burning through $46,000 in financial aid, Yale tried to pull a hush job on the guy-whose name isn’t in the articles-with a quick, quiet dismissal, but the alleged fraud sticking to his “not guilty” plea, Yale and the mysterious man will be airing their dirty laundry in court, starting next week.
The story has so many twisting elements, it reads like a daytime soap: Gay lovers’ spat! Race-related unrest! Forgery, identity theft, mental instability! The defendant may have duped NYU, Columbia, and Yale with falsified transcripts and tales of charitable works in Sri Lanka (probably fake) and a childhood in Trinidad and Tobago (probably real). YDN indulges the byzantine plot here.
Equally distressing (read: disgustingly juicy) is the fact that he made it this far. Records suggest at least four years of financially-aided education, and while we understand that transferring credits can be a total bitch, that’s gotta add up to at least one associate’s degree in “Fraudulent Psychopath,” right? YDN explores college-app forgery here, but really, all you need is this sentence:
The revelation that someone could infiltrate Yale shatters the mystique of the Ivy League as an impregnable bastion of the elite.
Raise the alarm! Our ranks have been broken! We’ll follow this story as it unfolds; so far, my frantic Googling offers zilch; I can’t even find stuff on the September charge.