ALBANY, N.Y. - A woman accused of using an illegal immigrant as a slave at her Saratoga County mansion was back in federal court Thursday morning.
In court Thursday, 40-year-old Annie George was re-indicted and pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of keeping an illegal alien for private financial gain.
Prosecutors said she forced an Indian immigrant, who has not been identified, to work around the clock in her 30,000-square-foot Llenroc mansion in Rexford.
According to court papers, George confined the woman to her home forcing her to cook, clean, and watch her six children from October 2005 to May 2011.
After a hotline complaint of forced labor, immigration agents removed her from George's mansion in 2011.
George's attorney Mark Sacco was by her side as she left court. George didn't take any questions but Sacco did, denying the illegal immigrant was treat unfairly.
"She was treated very well. She was able to go shopping, go to the mall. She actually visited her friend in New Jersey. She was completely free to do anything she wanted," Sacco said.
Sacco said the housekeeper had other motivations.
"The alien in this case is trying to stay here in the United States illegally and if she testifies against my client she can remain in the United States and then she'll bring her family to the United States," Sacco said.
Sacco explained George's husband handled the finances and has since died.
The arraignment comes two days after a judge dismissed criminal charges against George, finding that the federal government violated the Speedy Trial Act.
If convicted, George could face up to ten years behind bars and up to $250,000 in fines. She is due back in court August 27th.
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