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Stockton Developer Charged in Financing of Commercial Project

A Modesto-area developer with plans to build a large commercial property, including an IMAX theater, has been indicted for mail fraud  for trying to fool City officials.

Aruna Kumari Chopra, 63,  Ms. Chopra purchased property at 4754 Dale Road in 2009 and tried to convince Stockton officials to issue bonds to finance the development and infrastructure of the proposed project. Unfortunately, according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, she not only failed to disclose that there were already liens against the property, she allegedly falsified sales contracts in order to boost the appraisal value of the property (appraisal fraud). In addition, she is charged in the indictment with aggravated identity theft for forging signatures on documents she filed with the Stanislaus County Recorder’s Office and used the seal of a notary public to validate the documents (notary fraud).

Read the original article in the Central Valley Business Times.

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