A Wethersfield woman has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for helping her father run a “get out of debt” scheme.
Sunita Buddhu, 43, and her father, Deo Buddhu, were arrested in June 2012, accused of scamming more than 125 homeowners in Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia out of thousands of dollars by promising access to a secret stash of federal money.
Sunita Buddhu was sentenced yesterday to 30 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release.
Officials said Deo Buddhu instructed the victims to stop making payments on their mortgages, which led to many losing their homes to going into foreclosure.
He also told them to stop paying credit cards and other debts and to stop paying their property taxes – and he provided them with fictitious promissory notes, which he called “bonds,” as well as other frivolous documentation, and advised his victims to use them to pay their debts.
Sunita Buddhu was accused of assisting her father in the business by preparing, notarizing and mailing the fraudulent documents used in the scheme, including the fictitious bonds.
On October 10, Sunita Buddhu pleaded guilty to one count of passing and presenting a fictitious financial instrument.
On June 25, a jury found Deo Buddhu guilty of six counts of mail fraud and seven counts of passing and presenting fictitious financial instruments. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 4.