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Worker Justice Center files civil charges against Annie George


ALBANY, N.Y. – A local woman convicted of harboring an illegal immigrant at her well-known Saratoga County mansion is facing new civil charges.

The Worker Justice Center of New York recently filed the civil charges against Annie George on behalf of Valsamma Mathai. 

Mathai was the former domestic employee of George in the Saratoga County Llenroc Mansion.

The complaint states that George subjected Mathai to involuntary servitude and forced labor for several years and failed to pay the woman minimum wage, which is required by law.  The Worker Justice Center alleges George failed to pay about $300,000 to Mathai.

Mathai claims that she worked in three mansions owned by George, caring for children and cleaning the homes. She says she was forced to work 18 hour days and slept on the floor or in the closet of the bedroom of George's children.

Mathai also told the Worker Justice Center that she was denied time off by George and had to ask permission to leave the properties. These incidents took place between November 2005 and May 2011.

In July 2013, 41-year-old Annie George, of Rexford, was sentenced to eight months of home detention beginning Tuesday and five years of probation. She was also 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.

Following the sentencing, George's attorney said they plan to make an appeal and told NEWS10 ABC her home detention will be carried out at Llenroc.

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