ALBANY, N.Y. - Annie George of Rexford was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for harboring an illegal immigrant at her Saratoga County mansion, Llenroc.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 41-year-old George has been sentenced to eight months of home detention beginning Tuesday and five years of probation. She has also been ordered to forfeit Llenroc.
In March 8, 2013 she was found guilty on the charge of Harboring an Illegal Alien, but not guilty on the more serious charge of Harboring an Illegal Alien for Financial Gain.
George faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The judge said he took her family, specifically her children, into account when issuing the sentence. Her husband died in a plane crash a few years ago.
Between about November 2005 and May 2011, George harbored an illegal alien from India in her homes in Catskill, Menands, and Rexford. During the course of the harboring, the illegal alien performed household chores for George and cared for George's children.
George was accused of cheating the household servant out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and keeping her a virtual prisoner inside her mansion.
The immigrant, Valsamma Mathai, testified that she slept in a closet, worked long days without vacation, days off or sick time and wasn't allowed to leave the property.
Federal prosecutors said Annie George owes Mathai $317,000, based on the minimum wage and overtime for the hours she worked in the George household. Mathai said she was paid only $26,000, much of which she sent to her family in India.
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