David Jovani Vanegas
claimed to be a sophomore transfer student at Rice University. In reality he had never managed to get into Rice.
Last September, Vanegas started attending classes. He also ate in the university's cafeterias, hung out with other students, and occasionally crashed in people's dorms when he was too tired to go back to his off-campus lodgings. Vanegas appears to have been relatively friendly towards students, but didn't seem to form many lasting relationships. Hardly surprising, really.
It was Vanegas' friend Daniel Rasheed that turned him in to the police. He says he wasn't expecting such repercussions.
On September 13th 2006, Vanegas was arrested.
On the day of Vanegas's arrest, criminal trespass charges were filed against him (but later dismissed). Within the next few weeks, campus administrators alleged that Vanegas had taken close to $3,700 worth of food from Rice cafeterias. On September 28, the district attorney's office filed felony charges for aggregate theft. Bail was set at $2,000.
The reason he gave for his fake studies? He didn't get into the university, but it would have broken his mother's heart for him not to attend.