Housekeeper Held Hostage

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A federal jury is set to resume deliberations in the case of a woman accused of cheating an Indian household servant out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and keeping her a virtual prisoner at a mansion in upstate New York.

Jurors got the case Thursday after Annie George repeated her earlier testimony that she didn't know Valsamma Mathai was in the United States illegally and she didn't mistreat her during the 5½ years she worked at her palatial home in an Albany suburb.

Mathai testified earlier that she slept in a closet, worked long days without vacation, days off or sick time and wasn't allowed to leave the property. George is charged with harboring an illegal immigrant for financial gain, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine.

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