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Annie George accused of keeping servant as slave in 24-carat gold New York mansion

by | 2nd, March 2012

DID Annie Gorge and her husband Mathai Kolath George induce an illegal immigrant from India to overstay her visa and live in a cupboard at their  Saratoga CountyNew 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.”

We thought the glass elevator was a rad over the top…

 



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