Barak's wife indicted over foreign maid

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Posted: Mar 13, 2011 7:45 AM
Barak's wife indicted over foreign maid

The wife of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has been indicted on charges of illegally employing a foreign worker.

Sunday's indictment in a Tel Aviv court accuses Nili Priel of violating Israeli labor laws by employing a Filipino maid named Virginia without proper documentation. The indictment says Priel employed her for 7 months in 2009 without a contract and without providing medical insurance.

The woman provided housecleaning and other services at Barak and Priel's multimillion dollar high-rise apartment in Tel Aviv.

The indictment does not put the defense minister in any legal jeopardy. But it delivers another blow to his public standing after he defected from the Labor party earlier this year. Barak has also come under fire for his lavish lifestyle.