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Adam Wheeler, Harvard faker, headed for book deal?

If fact is stranger than fiction, than fictional fact is even stranger. Just consider Adam Wheeler, the kid accused of lying and forging documents to gain entry into Harvard -- and duping the school out of $45,000 in financial aid. Wheeler, 23, of Milton, Del., was ordered held on $5,000 bail Tuesday after pleading not guilty to 20 counts of larceny, identity fraud and other charges, the Associated Press reported.

So how long will it be before a book by or about Wheeler hits the stores? Faking SAT scores isn't very exotic. But who wouldn't want to read about a kid who had the chutzpah to claim he prepped at Andover and attended MIT, when he actually graduated from Caesar Rodney High Kent County, Del., and attended Bowdoin College. I bet a couple of dozen agents and ghost writers are lining up right now for a piece of the action. Far-fetched? Remember, it worked for Stephen Glass, the young New Republic reporter who was discovered to have fabricated stories; he turned his tale into a book and movie.

Wait! Forget the Wheeler book -- let's start talking about a screenplay. I'm thinking an academic version of "To Catch a Thief." And maybe we get Ryan O'Neal to do a cameo as an outraged alum named Oliver Barrett IV. So who plays Wheeler on the big screen?

Now that would be stranger than fiction.

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