Annie George was found guilty of knowingly keeping her housekeeper, Valsamma Mathai, in the U.S. illegally.
George had originally denied knowing that Mathai, who is from India, did not have the necessary documents to live and work in the U.S.
George faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentence on July 9.
Imagine living in a house like this but having to sleep in a closet.
That’s what a housekeeper working in this 30,000sq-foot mansion told New York state authorities.
The maid, who was identified in court documents as ‘V.M’, told authorities that Annie George brought her from India to take care of her six children in this multi-million dollar upstate NY mansion.
She claims that George, who was married to real-estate mogul Mathai George until his death in 2009, forced her to work 17 hours a day, without taking sick days or personal days from October 2005 until April 27, 2011, which is when she was removed from the home by the authorities.
The maid said while living in the home she was not allowed to sleep on a bed in any of the 10 bedrooms. She said her bed was a space in one of the children’s walk-in closets because George wanted her to be close to the children in case they woke in the middle of the night.
The illegal immigrant said when George, who is also Indian, asked her to come to the US to work for her she agreed to do so with the promise that she would get a weekly salary of $1,000 in exchange for taking care of the 34-room home, which sits on 12 acre in Rexford, Saratoga County. She said in the six years that she worked on the estate she was only paid $29,000.
It is alleged that during an investigation, George called one of ‘V.M’s’ sons in India three times suggesting that he “tells his mother to tell authorities that she was a relatives” who was staying with her.
Court documents say the maid’s son recorded one of the conversations with 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.”
In the federal criminal complaint which was filed against 39-year-old George, it says that George tried to hide the woman in the basement of the home when federal Homeland Security agents went to the mansion.
George is facing charges of encouraging and inducing an illegal alien to reside in the U.S.
The mega-mansion is now on the market for $30 million