Saudi National Charged With Not Telling Feds He Intended To Make A Virtual Prisoner Of His Maid

A citizen of Saudi Arabia has been charged by the feds here for lying to obtain a visa for an employee.

What's so bad about that? Well, the lie was that he told visa officials he was bringing the woman over here to be domestic help at $1,300 a month at eight hours a day six days a week, but instead, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office:

During the six years the Indonesian national worked for [Mohammed] Al-Zehairi, the complaint alleges she worked far more than the agreed upon eight hours a day every day, received a total of two payments of $200 each during her entire term of employment while her family in Indonesia received cumulative payments once a year equivalent to $160 per month and was denied access to her passport.

The passport was reportedly kept in a closet locked with a combination lock in the master bedroom of the Al-Zehairi home.

Hey, he was just trying to protect her passport!!! Can't a man follow some basic security measures without the feds getting all hot and bothered?

Apparently not.

"These allegations contravening the terms of the employment agreement presented to the U.S. Embassy in support of the visa application would render the submitted document false," the U.S. Attorney's office said.

"The arrest in this case demonstrates Diplomatic Security's commitment to maintaining the integrity of the visa process," said Peter Hargraves, Special Agent in Charge, U. S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service's Houston Field Office. "Visa fraud is a serious crime with substantive national security, economic and personal consequences."

But not one that necessarily is dealt with quickly. The employee was removed from the house and given her passport in December 2007.

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