Former CU student sentenced to 5 years probation, ordered to pay $70,000 for loan fraud

A former Cornell student who admitted she obtained admission to – and attended – three universities between 2008 and 2014 by forging various documents was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay Cornell $70,000 for student loan fraud.

Cavya Chandra, 26, of Carmel, Ind., pleaded guilty to student loan fraud and admitted in October that she forged 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 laid out Chandra’s broader pattern of defrauding several universities, including Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Chandra was denied admittance to the freshman class at Cornell in 2008, and then applied to Carnegie Melon using a forged letter of recommendation from a high school teacher. Carnegie Mellon accepted Chandra’s application and admitted her as a student in fall 2009.

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