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Prosecutors make recommendations in Annie George sentencing

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Prosecutors have made their recommendations for a local woman convicted of harboring an illegal immigrant at well-known Saratoga County mansion, Llenroc.

According to court papers, prosecutors are recommending Annie George be under house arrest for eight months at the palatial estate, as well as perform community service and pay $20,000 fine.

The Rexford woman was accused of cheating an Indian household servant out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and keeping her a virtual prisoner inside her mansion.  In March 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.

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.

The case surfaced when Mathai's son in India, Shiju, called the National Human Trafficking Resources Center in 2011.

George was facing jail time, but prosecutors are still looking at seizing Llenroc. She will be sentenced in July.

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