Worker exploitation trial set for March; prosecutor has conflicts with other work
ALBANY A March date has now been set for the federal court trial for the woman accused of forcing an illegal alien to work under slave like conditions at the Llenroc mansion.
The trial of Annie George, which is expected to take just three days to complete, had been set to start this week after three previous delays. One of the reasons for those delays has since returned — the unrelated high-profile case of embattled investment advisers Timothy McGinn and David Smith.
The George case had been set for November, the week before McGinn and Smith were set to go on trial. George’s prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Belliss, is part of the team prosecuting McGinn and Smith.
With the two cases so close in time, Belliss sought and won a delay in the George trial until Jan. 7.
By November, though, the McGinn and Smith trial was delayed — to Jan. 7.
That prompted the George case to be delayed until March 7. The formal move was made in late November.
The George case had been delayed twice before, in August after George suffered injuries in a car accident near her Rexford mansion, and in July when prosecutors missed a deadline and had to re-indict George.
George is to be tried on a federal indictment accusing her of harboring an illegal alien for financial gain.
George is accused of forcing the servant, who is from India and identified only as “V.M.” in court documents, to typically work more than 17 hours per day and sleep on the floor of a walk-in closet after moving into the mansion in 2008.
George‘s attorney, Mark Sacco, has said his client did not know about the servant’s immigration status, or how much she was being paid. Her late husband was the one who handled the finances.
McGinn and Smith, the individuals standing trial in the unrelated high-profile case, are accused of bilking an estimated $9 million from investors. That case is set for trial in Utica and expected to last five weeks.