New York millionaire on trial for keeping an Indian 'slave' in her mansion

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 07, 2013 10:30 hrs

Albany: A woman accused of cheating an Indian domestic help out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and keeping her a virtual prisoner at a New York mansion is set to be cross-examined as her federal trial winds down.

Annie George is due back on the stand on Thursday after testifying on Wednesday she didn't know Valsamma Mathai was in the United States illegally and didn't mistreat her during the 5 1/2 years she worked in her 20,000-square-foot home in Rexford, an Albany suburb.

Mathai testified earlier she worked long days without vacation, days off or sick time. The case surfaced when her son called the National Human Trafficking Resources Centre in 2011.

George is the widow of a hotel developer. She's charged with harbouring an illegal immigrant for financial gain.

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