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CASE NAME:United States v. Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani
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DOCKET NUMBER:08-3720-cr(L), 08-3731-cr(CON)
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:Samirah v. Sabhnani et al, 2:08cv2970
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Arthur D. Spatt
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:2
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Indonesia
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown, "work visa"
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Forced labor or attempted forced labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589(a); 18 U.S.C. § 1594(a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Harboring aliens or attempting to harbor aliens
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii); 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(II)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Peonage or attempted peonage
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1581(a); 18 U.S.C. § 1594(a)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Document servitude
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1592; 18 U.S.C. § 1594(a)
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:132 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$679,867
FINE IMPOSED:$25,000
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:Sufficient to pay restitution and fine
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:United States v. Sabhnani et al, 599 F.3d 215;
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Deny
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendants Mahendar and Varsha Sabhnani held two Indonesian woman in a state of involuntary servitude in their Long Island home. Varsha's mother brought the first victim into the United States on a work visa. The first victim agreed to work in the United States for $200 per month. Victims had their passports confiscated upon arrival in Long Island. Defendants forced the victims to work almost 24-7 as domestic servants. Victims were denied food, sleep, medical care, and adequate clothing. Varsha regularly used physical violence. Defendants were convicted on all charged counts after a federal jury trial. Mahendar was sentenced to 40 months in jail and Varsha was sentenced to 132 months in jail.
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