A Wethersfield father and daughter who ran various debt-relief services have been indicted on federal fraud charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 69-year-old Deowraj “Deo” Buddhu and 42-year-old Sunita Buddhu, also known as Sunita Thakur, were arrested earlier this month.
Prosecutors say their victims wound up in foreclosure, at the risk of losing their homes.
U.S. Attorney for Connecticut David Fein says that for more than three years they had run various businesses — whose names included “Paradise Consulting Service,” “Secured Redeption and “Hema, Inc.,” selling what they claimed was a debt elimination program which they said would tell clients about a government fund to pay off their mortgages. There was no such program.
The indictment charges they told customers to stoip paying their mortgages, and gave them fake notes which they said could be used to pay their debts.
Each is charged with six counts of mail fraud and seven counts of passing fraudulent financial instruments. If convicted, they could face a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years on each count of mail fraud, and a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years on each count of passing fraudulent financial instruments.
Prosecutors say the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are continuing to investigate the case with the help of Wethersfield Police.