Connecticut, US: Guyanese convicted swindler dies before sentencing

Guyanese convicted swindler dies before sentencing

JANUARY 24, 2014 | BY KNEWS

Deowraj Buddhu

Connecticut, US (courant.com) – A former Wethersfield man who swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from people drowning in debt was to be sentenced Friday (today) to prison.

Instead, Deowraj “Deo” Buddhu will be buried.
The convicted felon died in prison January 16 and his funeral is today. He had been incarcerated since his arrest in June 2012. He was 71. The cause of his death was not available.

Buddhu was convicted in U.S. District Court in Hartford in June 2013 of six counts of mail fraud and seven counts of passing phony financial instruments. He faced spending the rest of his life in prison. A jury took less than an hour to convict him after hearing nine days of testimony.  

The government said Buddhu preyed on unsuspecting Hartford-area residents who were saddled with mortgage payments, credit card debt and car loans. He promised to erase their debt, and in some cases, get them more money, by enrolling them in what he called a secret government program – one that prosecutors said didn’t exist. He provided fake bonds that he said would cover their debt, according to testimony.

Like Buddhu, who was from Guyana, many of his victims were immigrants and were unfamiliar with American financial practices.
“This defendant’s fictitious debt elimination scheme defrauded numerous struggling homeowners, many of whom were immigrants with little command of the English language,” U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly said at the time of the conviction.
In 2005, Buddhu was sentenced to four years in prison for selling fake U.S. birth certificates to illegal immigrants.

In 2009, as a result of a civil action by the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal judge permanently barred him and his daughter from operating a tax preparation business. The judge found that they had prepared thousands of false and fraudulent tax returns from 2004 to 2008, substantially understating their clients’ tax liabilities.

The crimes, for which he was found guilty in June, date back to 2009. Dozens of clients who already were experiencing financial problems plunged deeper into debt, and some homes ended up in foreclosure, according to testimony and court records.

His daughter, Sunita Buddhu, 43, of Wethersfield, was sentenced in October to 30 months in prison for helping her father with his fraudulent debt elimination scheme that victimized more than 125 people in Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia.

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  • h.Bovell  On 01/25/2014 at 12:50 am

    he got what he deserved

  • Veronica  On 01/25/2014 at 4:17 am

    Ahmad, Roger Khan, Jagdeo, Budhu, the banker in Astoria & his wife, also his father in prison in the UK to name a few. The thieves of Baghdad, all motivated by AVARICE & GREED. Wake up America, these are the ones you accept in your midst.

  • de castro  On 01/25/2014 at 10:59 am

    R.I.P.

  • Tara  On 01/25/2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve had neighbors who were told by these con artist that their mortgages of 6% would be reduced to 2% but what they were not told was the 2% was only for 9 and sometimes 12 months peroid and after that, a high rate of sometimes 15 to 17% kicked in after the grace peroid. So, after months of not knowing or I should say, ignorant of the facts-these homeowners soon realized they were duped and financially broken when told by their lending agencies they were behind by thousands of dollars in late payments. What is also so painfully egregious, is the trust these people placed in the hands of their own countrymen whom they believed had their best interest at hand.

    Sadly, these folks have lost everything they worked so hard to acquire over the years. So, no one should have any sympathy for these vultures who are out to enhance their ill-begotten gain. Also, why are we surprised that this age- old scheme transported itself from Guyana to America? Conversely, if it not this housing scam, it would be something else these crooks will cook-up because some Guyanese do have an enormous appetite for far-reaching opulence.

  • detow  On 01/26/2014 at 5:24 pm

    De Castro: Why the RIP? It should BIH (burn in hell).

    Tara: I totally agree with your sentiments. What Buddhu did is an exact reflection of what the PPP/c government is doing to the unsuspecting Guyanese population. The only difference here is that Guyanese do not seem to realize what is being done to them, and by whom. While they are being royally screwed all they are able to reflect on is ‘Burnham Did It’. Well Guyanese, find someone who can undo whatever it is you think that Burnham did to you, not a group like the PPP/c that is doing it to you more violently than Burnham was able to achieve.

    • F Yusuf  On 01/27/2014 at 9:20 am

      What rubbish. Does this guy know aything of Guyana?

      • detow  On 02/01/2014 at 10:50 pm

        You might be surprised to know that I have forced myself to forget more of Guyana than you will ever know of it in your lifetime. The politicians there continue to fill your minds with loads of BS but you all are not smart enough to realize what is really going on. You may have many large houses and other signs of the rich getting richer but in the background Guyana continues the inevitable slide into the ECONOMIC ABYSS. If Guyana is so good under the present administration please explain to the rest of the world why so many of us, and I include myself, are living abroad, many illegally (and this does not include me). Smart people do not run from progress, they gravitate towards it; I don’t know of many people who are moving to Guyana other than those who have been deported or are escaping from justice, or those who have a death wish.

  • de castro  On 02/09/2014 at 3:46 pm

    Let’s get real…Guyana is just another failed state…..led like sheep to the slaughter…certainly not the sacrificial lamb…..its problems political not so much religious…don’t wish to give up….but almost there !

  • Clyde Duncan  On 02/09/2014 at 4:14 pm

    So the caption is about a crook who dies before sentencing in the USA … and the string of comments is about Guyana social studies. How does this make sense?

    • detow  On 02/09/2014 at 6:39 pm

      Please read your comment and, bearing in mind that the subject of this conversation is/was a product of Guyana’s social situation, try to rationalize your statement.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 02/09/2014 at 9:56 pm

    I have read my comment again and did give some thought to ignoring this string. But there are others that are reading this and may still want to know of my real thoughts; so here it is: The crook is 71-years old. He was born in British Guiana, was probably influenced more by the British in his formative years – and I have always been told, the sun never set on the British Empire because God never trusted an Englishman in the dark.

    However, you could expand the discussion from an intelligent perspective after reading the insightful posting on this blog entitled: Why So Much Anarchy? – by Robert D. Kaplan. END

  • detow  On 02/09/2014 at 10:31 pm

    Although I have read RDK’s posting I would rather stay focused on this particular issue other than implicating the English and others who might had some influence on the criminal’s upbringing. I was also born in British Guiana, lived under the influence of the British for a longer period than him and did/do not feel that I have the right to rip off others. QED.

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