Harvard Dad Faces Prison Over Bogus Financial Aid
He admits submitting fake records that earned $160K in Ivy League assistance
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2014 5:03 PM CST

(Newser) – All kinds of advice is available for parents struggling with their kids' gigantic tuition bills, and now comes a lesson in what not to do: Submit phony financial records. Joseph Fonge of Massachusetts has admitted doing so when his daughter was accepted at Harvard, and the bogus documents earned her about $160,000 in financial aid over three years, reports the Boston Globe. Harvard officials finally figured out the ruse while reviewing their records, and now Fonge faces up to 20 years in prison, reports Yahoo.com. Authorities say the scam worked so well that Fonge used the same fake records for another daughter at the University of Rochester, earning her $47,000 in bogus aid.