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Sisters get prison time in O.C. real-estate fraud case

July 30, 2012 |  9:39 pm

Suniti Shah, left, and Supriti Soni, were sentenced to prison in connection with an Orange County real-estate fraud case.
Two sisters have been sentenced to state prison for conspiring with other family members to commit $16 million in real estate fraud in Orange County, authorities said Monday.

Suniti Shah, 51, and Supriti Soni, 52 were sentenced to eight and 10 years, respectively, after being charged with forging documents and buying homes with "straw buyers" who never intended to control the properties, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The sisters' mother, Sushama Devi Lohia, 74, was sentenced in April to eight years in state prison for her role in the fraud, the district attorney's office said.

Shah's husband, Dinesh Veljeebhai Shah, 62, is charged with felony counts in connection with the case. He is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Friday at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, prosecutors said.

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Photo: Suniti Shah, left, and Supriti Soni. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office.