Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general for political, economic, commercial and women’s affairs, was arrested and handcuffed this week as she dropped her daughter off at a Manhattan school.
Although Khobragade was actually the acting head of the consulate at the time of her arrest, the United States is denying diplomatic immunity, saying that visa fraud isn't covered under the Vienna convention.
According to the US Attorney's office, however, Khobragade was doing the opposite at home. Authorities say she helped her nanny fill out fake visa forms which said Khobragade was paying her $4,500 per month, or $3,927 a month more than the woman's actual $3.31-an-hour salary, which they documented in a secret contract.
Khobragade's nanny and husband will both be called as witnesses if the case proceeds to trial.
“I don’t know. I think there must be some political motivation, but I don’t know,” Daniel Arshack told CBS.
Khobragade was freed on a $250,000 bail. She's facing up to 15 years for fraud and making false statements.
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