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