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Annie George sentenced, must forfeit mansion

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Annie George walks out of federal court after being sentenced Tuesday, July 9, 2013 (Photo: NEWS CENTER) Annie George walks out of federal court after being sentenced Tuesday, July 9, 2013 (Photo: NEWS CENTER)
Llenroc Mansion in Rexford Llenroc Mansion in Rexford
Annie George talks with her lawyer outside of court in July 2012 Annie George talks with her lawyer outside of court in July 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. - A local woman convicted of harboring an illegal immigrant at her well-known Saratoga County mansion Llenroc was sentenced in federal court Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 41-year-old Annie George, of Rexford, was sentenced to eight months of home detention beginning Tuesday and five years of probation. She has also been ordered to forfeit Llenroc, valued at $2 million.

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 into account, specifically her five children, when issuing the sentence. Her husband died in a plane crash a few years ago.

Mark Sacco, her attorney, said that home detention will begin Tuesay and there's still a lot to be worked out.

"All the activities and school activities that go on in the summer, I think any mother here can identify with that and how hard that must be and so my argument to the court was if there's home confinement that just makes it all the more difficult," said Sacco.

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.

George's attorney said they plan to appeal the sentencing and tells NEWS CENTER her home detention will be carried out at Llenroc.

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