From Reddit to Courtroom: Aryan Anand’s Admission Fraud Exposed, Facing Forgery Charges in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

In a shocking turn of events, a Reddit post recently uncovered a startling case of deceit involving a student at an esteemed college, with far-reaching legal repercussions.

The Exposure

Aryan Anand, a 19-year-old former student of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was unmasked as a complete fraud after a damning Reddit post brought his intricate web of lies to light.

Legal Fallout

Earlier this month, Anand pleaded guilty to forgery in Northampton County, following revelations that his entire application to the university had been fabricated.

The Reddit Revelation

The catalyst for Anand’s downfall was a post on Reddit, where an anonymous user, suspected to be Anand himself, confessed to building his life and academic career on falsehoods.

This post detailed how he falsified admission applications and financial aid documents to secure a spot at Lehigh University.

Investigation and Discovery

Upon discovering the post, moderators, suspecting its connection to Lehigh due to Anand’s online activity, promptly alerted the university.

Subsequent investigations by university authorities uncovered a disturbing trail of deceit.

Fabricated Documents

Anand went to great lengths, including impersonating a school principal and forging documents such as school transcripts, tax statements, and even a fake death certificate for his father, who was actually alive and well in India.

Legal Consequences

Anand’s actions led to his arrest in April on charges ranging from forgery to theft by deception.

Eventually, he pleaded guilty to forgery, a serious offense classified as a second-degree felony.

University Response

Acknowledging the severity of the situation, Lehigh University cooperated fully with law enforcement and legal proceedings.

They facilitated Anand’s expulsion from the university and his deportation to India, in collaboration with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


In response to the incident, Lehigh University expressed gratitude for the diligence of those involved in uncovering the fraud, underscoring their commitment to maintaining integrity within their academic community.

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