Sabhnanis Jailed

I’ve been keeping an eye on developments on the case against the Sabhnanis, the Muttontown, New York, couple who were charged with holding two Indonesia women as slaves.

Eric Konigsberg at the New York Times has a long piece entitled Couple’s Downfall Is Culminating in Sentencing in Long Island Slavery Case which details the story of the Sabhnani’s from their modest beginnings to their success as perfume distributors and now their downfall as antagonists in this nasty case of modern-day slavery.

Varsha Sabhnani, 46, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Federal District Judge Arthur Spatt, who pronounced the sentence, postponed the decision on back wages that the couple owes to the two women. Prosecutors claim these amount to USD 1.1 million but defense put the figure at USD 214,000.

The next day, Mahender Sabhnani, 52, was sentenced to 3 1/3 years and fined $12,500, the Huffington Post reports.

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