Worker Justice Center files civil charges against Annie George

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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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