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Kazak president's nephew conned Columbia

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Court papers say Daniyar Nazarbayev, the step-nephew of Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev, conned his way into Columbia University in New York.

Documents from a lawsuit filed by the Kazak president's brother, Bolat Nazarbayev, allege his stepson and the 24-year-old's mother swindled him out of three multimillion-dollar New York apartments. He also alleges the younger Nazarbayev used fabricated paperwork and fraud to cheat his way into the Ivy League school, the New York Post reported.

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The papers said Nazarbayev claimed he graduated from a high school in Kazakhstan when he actually attended a high school in Switzerland, from which he did not graduate.

The court papers also claim Daniyar changed his last name to match the powerful Kazak president. His birth name is Daniyar Keskibayev.

Nazarbayev graduated from Columbia in 2010.

Despite extensive searches in five separate countries, Nazarbayev has been reported missing.

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