January 10, 2014

"An Indian diplomat whose arrest sent U.S.-India relations into a tailspin was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on Thursday..."

Washington Post "A U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the sensitive matter, said that the State Department has officially asked India to arrange her departure." by Karen Young

'The indictment charges Khobragade, 39, with two counts of visa fraud and false statements, alleging that she tried to circumvent U.S. wage requirements by submitting to visa authorities a falsified contract for the employee whom she brought from India.

'Once the employee, Sangeeta Richard, ran away, the indictment alleges, Khobragade arranged for relatives in India to contact the worker’s family there in an attempt “to silence and intimidate the victim and her family and lie to Indian authorities and courts.”

'In a statement released Thursday by Safe Horizon, a victim assistance organization in New York that represents her, Richard welcomed the indictment and said: “I would like to tell other domestic workers who are suffering as I did — you have rights and do not let anyone exploit you.”'

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