United Nations employee in New York charged for committing visa fraud

Bangladeshi national and United Nations employee Hamidur Rashid exits following his arraignment at the U.S. District Courthouse for the Southern District of New York, in Manhattan, New York, U.S. June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Vastavam web:  U.S. prosecutors have accused a United Nations employee in New York of committing visa fraud by bringing into the country a domestic worker from Bangladesh and then failing to pay her a lawful wage. Hamidur Rashid, a Bangladeshi national, was charged with visa fraud, fraud in foreign labor contracting and aggravated identity theft in a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.Prosecutors said that Rashid, an economist at the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, initially contracted with the unidentified employee to pay her $420 per week, and submitted that contract to the U.S. State Department to obtain a visa for her.

Before the employee entered the United States in January 2013, the complaint said, Rashid had her sign a new contract with a wage of $290 per week.At first, Rashid did not pay her at all, but instead sent about $600 per month to her husband in Bangladesh, the complaint said. In October 2013, Rashid did pay the employee $600 and she left late that month, it added.United Nations spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the U.N. was aware of Rashid’s arrest, and that “all U.N. personnel are expected to honor their private legal obligations, including with respect to engaging foreign domestic workers.”