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Odessa Woman Indicted For Unlawfully Removing Her Children From The United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Krupaben Himanshu Bhatt (37, Odessa) with international parental kidnapping. If convicted on all counts, Bhatt faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison. 

According to the indictment, in January of 2024, Bhatt unlawfully removed her two minor children from the United States with the intent to obstruct the parental rights of the father of the children.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Courtney Derry.

Updated June 14, 2024