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The Dumbest Cheater in America

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Young Omar Khan really wanted to go to a school in the University of California system, but those are kind of difficult to get into, especially when you have a whole bunch of "F"s on your transcript like Omar did. So enterprising Omar tried something else: He hacked into the server at his prestigious Tesoro High School and changed all his "F"s to "A"s! Totally Ferris Bueller, right? Except that some of Khan's teachers caught whiff of his new and improved transcript and reported him to the authorities—now he's facing 69 counts of fraud, burglary, conspiracy, and a host of other no-nos that could net him 38 years in prison.

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Our first thought: the kid is smart enough to figure out how to break into the school's computers, but dumb enough to give himself all "A"s? Why not give yourself some "B"s just to make it a little more believable? That's an "A" for bravado but an "F" for execution, Khan!

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