Former Cornell student pleads guilty to student loan fraud

A former student at Cornell University has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of student loan fraud, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Cavya Chandra, 26, of Carmel, Ind., admitted she obtained admission to – and attended – three universities between 2008 and 2014 by forging various documents, including academic transcripts and letters of recommendation.

The charge to which Chandra pleaded guilty relates to her fraudulent acceptance of federal student loan money while attending Cornell, but her written plea agreement lays out Chandra’s broader pattern of defrauding several universities, including Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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