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Upstate New York woman convicted of harboring an illegal alien

ALBANY, N.Y. – After a five-day trial in Albany, a jury has convicted an upstate New York woman of harboring an illegal alien. She faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The conviction is the result of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Annie George, aka Annie Kolath, aka Sajimol George, 40, of Rexford, N.Y., was convicted of the crime. Sentencing is scheduled for July 9, 2013.

According to the indictment, George harbored an illegal alien from India between November 2005 and May 3, 2011, in George's homes in Rexford, Catskill, N.Y., and Menands, N.Y.

"This case demonstrates our commitment to investigate and prosecute those who harbor illegal aliens," said U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Northern District of New York. "We commend HSI for the thoroughness and professionalism demonstrated by their special agents throughout the course of this case."

"Today's conviction is a testament to our solemn commitment to protect those who cannot protect themselves," said Matthew Scarpino, resident agent in charge of HSI Albany. "HSI is committed to giving the victims the help they need to come forward with vigorous enforcement and tough penalties."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss, Northern District of New York, is prosecuting this case on behalf of the U.S. government.