Lawyer says indicted Indian diplomat remains in US

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyer for an Indian diplomat accused of lying about how much she paid her housekeeper says she's still in the United States, despite a prosecutor's claim that she left.

Attorney Daniel Arshack said in a statement Thursday that Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) was at her New York City apartment. Shortly after he issued the statement, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said the State Department had told prosecutors that it had asked her to leave the country Thursday afternoon.

Questions about her whereabouts arose after prosecutors announced that she'd been indicted on criminal charges of visa fraud and making false statements.

She's accused of fraudulently obtaining a work visa for her New York housekeeper. The charges and her strip search when she was arrested last month drew protests from Indian officials.