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UAE officer accused of keeping unpaid help says he paid servant in full before she began work
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ' A United Arab Emirates naval officer accused of keeping an unpaid servant in his Rhode Island home says he paid the woman her full salary even before she began working for him in the United States.
Col. Arif Mohamed Saeed (sy-EED') Mohamed Al-Ali also said Tuesday that his family cleaned and cooked for themselves at their East Greenwich home. Al-Ali is testifying in his own defense in U.S. District Court in Providence.
Al-Ali says the servant, Elizabeth Cabitla Ballesteros, asked to be paid her $1,600 monthly salary in cash. He says he paid her the salary in UAE currency before the family left that country with her.
He is accused of fraud in foreign labor contracting. Earlier Tuesday, Al-Ali was acquitted of lying to a federal agent.