CREATED Dec 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Marshals Service is denying claims by an Indian diplomat that she was subjected to a cavity search when she was arrested on charges of visa fraud.
The Marshals service says India's deputy consul general was strip-searched in accordance with standard procedures and put in a detention cell with female detainees. The diplomat is Devyani Khobragade. She claims marshals also conducted the far-more intrusive cavity search and took a DNA swab.
The Marshals say any DNA swab would have been done by the diplomatic security agents who arrested her.
Khobragade is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her housekeeper. She claims she paid the woman $4,500 a month, but actually paid her around $3 per hour.