Earlier today, Spec reported that police had arrested a young woman who’s been posing as a Columbia freshman for the past few weeks, despite having no official Columbia enrollment (or enrollment at any Columbia-affiliated school. The woman told freshmen and OLs that her name was “Rhea Sen” and Spec reported she was about 20 years old, but an NYPD spokesperson told Bwog that her real name is Briva (update: it’s actually Birva) Patel and she’s 26.
Over the past few weeks, Patel crashed multiple ISOP and NSOP events—claiming she just forgot her ID—and lied to RAs, OLs, and freshmen about where she lived. She was finally arrested by the NYPD Thursday night on college walk and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
It’s not clear where she was living—presumably she couldn’t get into residence halls—or how long she’d been pretending to be a Columbia student. She only got noticed during orientation, though some commenters claim that she’s been hanging out on campus all summer.
Weirdly, this isn’t the first time someone lying about their identity has hung out on campus. A few years ago, Esther Reed was convicted of identity theft after she conned her way into GS under the name “Brooke Henson.”