CENTRAL ISLIP, New York (AP) — A jury on Monday convicted a
millionaire couple of enslaving two Indonesian women they brought to
their mansion to work as housekeepers.
Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, and his wife, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 45,
were each convicted of all charges in a 12-count federal indictment
that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude, and
Prosecutors said the women were subjected to
repeated psychological and physical abuse and were forced to work 18
hours or more a day.
The Sabhnanis, who have four children and
operate a worldwide perfume business out of their Muttontown home on
Long Island’s Gold Coast, could face up to 40 years in prison, although
attorneys predicted the punishment would be considerably less. He is
from India, and she is from Indonesia, but both are naturalized U.S.
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