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Indian Diplomat Indicted Over U.S. Visa Fraud, False Statements

Colin Hale |
January 9, 2014 | 4:18 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Devyani Khobragade/via Bangladesh Press
Devyani Khobragade/via Bangladesh Press
As the U.S. and Indian governments continue to react diplomatically to the arrest and temporary detention of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York last month, a federal grand jury in New York on Thursday returned an indictment for two counts, including visa fraud and making false statements.

Khobragade, 39, was the Indian deputy consul general in New York City and was arrested last month on charges that she had been illegally underpaying her housekeeper, a violation of U.S. law.

Thursday's indictment (full version here) against Khobragade charges that she committed visa fraud by lying about the wages for her housekeeper, which she brought from India, as well as making false statements to authorities.  

New details have emerged in Thursday's indictment, describing efforts by Khobragade and others close to her to intimidate the housekeeper and her family. Khobragade also allegedly tried to silence the housekeeper and force her to lie to authorities in the U.S. and India.

Khobragade reportedly left the United States on Monday night to avoid prosecution. She has denied all charges.

Upon arrest in December, Khobragade was detained and strip searched, an event that has left many in India, including the Indian goverment, fuming.

In response, the Indian government removed security barriers to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in December and has re-enforced regulations and laws against U.S. diplomats in the country that were previously lax.

The U.S. State Department has insisted that the Indian government ensure that all American diplomats are safe in country and are treated according to international standards for diplomats.

Read the entire federal grand jury indictment here.

Read more about the Devyani Khobragade case at the New York Times.

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