Carmel woman sentenced for student loan fraud


A Carmel woman has been sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay restitution after using fraud and forgery to gain admittance to multiple universities.

According to the plea agreement, Cavya Chandra, 26, used a forged letter of recommendation to earn admittance to Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. She then used a forged transcript with inflated grades and other forged documents to apply to Cornell University, which accepted her as a transfer student in 2010. She received more than $130,000 in financial aid and tens of thousands of dollars in grant assistance while at Cornell.

The American Medical College Application Service reported suspected fraud to Cornell when Chandra applied for medical school in 2013 using forged transcripts that showed inflated grades. Cornell confronted Chandra and expelled her later that year.

Chandra then used forged transcripts to apply to IUPUI, where she attended classes and graduated in 2015. IUPUI rescinded the degree when it learned of the fraud.

Chandra pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of student loan fraud. As part of her sentencing, she was ordered to pay more than $70,000 in restitution to Cornell.

Chandra did not respond to a request for comment.