November 21, 2017

CT woman gets probation in debt-fraud scam

A Wethersfield woman must spend the first four months of her four-year probation sentence confined to her home for her role in a debt-elimination fraud scheme, authorities say.

Urmila Sri Thakur, 72, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars when she was sentenced Monday in Hartford federal court to one count of money laundering for aiding her relatives in perpetrating the scheme on unsuspecting victims, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said.

She also was ordered to pay $335,072 in restitution to the victims, prosecutors said.

According to investigators, Thakur, also known as Indro Buddhu-Thakur, her ex-husband Deowarj "Deo" Buddhu and their daughter, Sunita Buddhu, used various business entities to sell their fake debt-elimination services to unsuspecting individuals.

In exchange for large fees, Deo Buddhu told victims about a little-known but non-existent government fund that could be used to pay off their mortgages and other debts, investigators said.

Deo Buddhu and Sunita Buddhu were previously convicted in Hartford federal court, prosecutors said.

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