Annie George accused of keeping servant as slave in 24-carat gold New York mansion
The Smoking Gun has news of the allegation that Annie George, 39, and Mathai George secured the services of a woman known only as VM from Kerala. VM was, reportedly, offered around $1,000 a month pay. She would live at the Georges’ 34-room, 15-fireplace, 24-karat gold coated ceilinged, 30,000-square-foot Llenroc mansion. VM would look after the couple’s four young children and do other stuff (a lot of polishing).
New York’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. But V.M. claims to have received 85 cents an hour, for working 17-hour days, seven days a week. She lived in the Georgs’ home for 67 months. The law says V.M. is entitled to $206,000 in back wages, health benefits, sick days and time off.
Annie George reportedly called V.M.’s son three times, suggesting he “tell his mother to tell authorities that she was a relative of George’s family and was only staying at George’s house as a guest”.
V.M.’s son recorded the calls. One call features Annie George saying:
“If she says anything about working, it would become a big crime. They’ll start adding up all the taxes and everything, for all the time.”
The Llenroc mansion was sold for just $1.9 million in 2009.
Annie George appeared in court on Wednesday before a federal magistrate, facing charges of encouraging and inducing an illegal alien to reside in the U.S.
Annie George’s lawyer, Donald Kinsella, says: “We just dispute what’s alleged in the complaint. There’s several exaggerations, gross errors.”
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