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‘I have built my life and career on lies:’ International student faked his way into Lehigh University on scholarship, DA says

A Lehigh University sign is seen Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in Bethlehem. A former international student created phony documents to fake his way into the school, the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office said. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)
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A Lehigh University sign is seen Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, in Bethlehem. A former international student created phony documents to fake his way into the school, the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office said. (April Gamiz/첥Ƶ)
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A former Lehigh University international student who created phony documents to fake his way into the school on a full scholarship pleaded guilty to forgery and is being sent back to India, the Northampton County district attorney’s office said.

Aryan Anand, 19, who started school in August, was caught after investigators determined he had written an anonymous post on the Reddit website titled, “I have built my life and career on lies,” which recounted how he created fraudulent admission, application and financial aid paperwork to enter the school.

A Reddit moderator notified Lehigh of the post. An investigation by university police showed Anand had, among other things, impersonated a school principal and created documents, including phony school transcripts, tax statements and a death certificate for his father, who is alive and living in India.

Anand was arrested in April and charged with forgery, tampering with records or identification, theft by deception and theft of services. On June 12, he entered a plea of guilty to one count of forgery, a second-degree felony.

On the condition that Anand go back to India, the university did not request restitution, which would have totaled about $85,000.

Anand was released to the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

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