U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filed a 21-page indictment today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Devyani Khobragade was arrested on December 12, 2013 and charged with Visa fraud and lying to the U.S. government about wages to be paid to her Indian maid Sangeeta Richard.
There’s uncertainty on whether Devyani has left the U.S. or whether her departure is expected soon.
Devyani Khobragade – A Liar
Exhibits E, F and G attached to Devyani Khobragade’s indictment clearly demonstrates that Devyani lied to the U.S. authorities on the wages to be paid to her maid Sangeeta Richard.
But the indictment makes no sense since Devyani has been granted immunity and left the U.S.
In a letter to the court, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:
We will alert the court promptly if we learn that the defendant returns to the United States in a non-immune capacity, at which time the government will proceed to prosecute this case and prove the charges in the indictment.
$250,000 – What Happens?
After her arrest on December 12, 2013, Devyani was released on a quarter-million dollar bail.
The big question is what happens to the bail bond?
Another question left unanswered is: Who’s paying for Devyani’s legal bills in the U.S.
Most likely, the Indian government is picking up the tab for both the bail and Devyani’s legal fees.
At the end of the day, it looks like the Indian tax payer is screwed again.