Aruna Kumari Chopra, 66, was sentenced to prison one year and one day in prison, to be followed by a year of home confinement, for her mail fraud conviction in a mortgage fraud scheme she perpetuated against lenders.
In 2008, Chopra purchased property on Dale Road in Modesto that she planned to develop into a shopping center to be called “The Plaza at Dale.” She filed documents with the Stanislaus County Recorder’s Office containing forged signatures so that her lenders wouldn’t find out about liens on the property. The defrauded lenders made loans on the property for approximately $8.9 million. No word as to whether she still “owns” the property.
Aruna Chopra’s husband Sawtantra Chopra has his own ethical challenges, having previously pleaded guilty to one count of receiving illegal kickbacks in a real estate transaction in Danville. For that, he was sentenced to 180 days of home detention, fined $75,000, ordered to do 500 hours of community service and placed on three years of probation, according to a December 1, 2014 report in the Modesto Bee. Sawtantra Chopra, who studied medicine in India and has practiced in California since 1975, cooperated with an investigation by the state Medical Board, which only suspended his doctor license for one month and ordered him to take an ethics course.
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