Annie George's 30,000-square-foot mansion in upstate New York includes 34 rooms, a helicopter pad, a five-story glass elevator, 15 fireplaces, 24-karat gilded gold ceilings, an indoor swimming pool shaped like a sailboat, and an indentured servant, forced to work 120 hours a week and sleep on the floor of a walk-in closet.
George appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday on charges of encouraging and inducing an illegal alien to reside in the United States. The servant, known only as "V.M." in court documents, was from the same region of India as George and her husband, Mathai Kolath George, a successful hotel developer and brother of a renowned Bollywood actor, director and producer. Mathai Kolath George died in a plane crash, along with the couple's 11-year-old son, in the summer of 2009.