HOUSTON (AP)– A Houston-area couple who pleaded guilty to federal charges associated with forcing a Nigerian woman to work almost 20 hours taking care of their house and five kids without pay for two years was purchased Friday to pay her more than $121,000 in restitution.
Chudy Nsobundu, 57, and his wife Sandra Nsobundu, 49, likewise were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas to seven months in jail and seven months of house confinement, plus three years on probation.
The naturalized U.S. residents originally from Nigeria hired the woman there with the guarantee of a $100 regular monthly wage. Rather, authorities state they abused her physically and verbally while she worked at their home in the Houston suburban area of Katy from September 2013 to October 2015.
Chudy Nsobundu in 2016 pleaded guilty to visa scams while his better half pleaded guilty to unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of required labor.
According to court documents, the nanny would work every day from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., couldn’t take breaks and had to eat leftovers and not fresh food, consisting of being required to only consume milk left in bowls where the kids had actually consumed cereal. She also could not take hot showers.
Authorities stated the Nsobundus prevented the nanny from leaving their employment by keeping her passport and by threatening her with physical and mental abuse.
The nanny reached out for assistance and was saved following a tip to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Her name has actually not been released.
Prosecutors state the couple intentionally triggered an incorrect visa application for the victim to be sent to the Department of State with numerous pieces of false information.
The lady’s date of birth was incorrect on the application, listing her 20 years older than she was, stated she was wed when she was not, incorrectly indicated the function of her travel was to attend a niece’s graduation and wrongly recognized her in a letter that Chudy Nsobundu was her brother. District attorneys likewise said he made false representations under oath on the visa application to increase the opportunities that the application would be accepted and to conceal the fact she ‘d be working for his household as a housemaid and baby-sitter under conditions that breached U.S. labor laws.
Federal prosecutors said Sandra Nsobundu took the nanny to the U.S. Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria, to obtain her visa and offered her with a letter indicating she didn’t speak English well, that she was to attend a family graduation and provided her a photo of her spouse with directions that she tell embassy authorities he was the baby-sitter’s bro and that she was married. The nanny’s husband noted on the visa application really was the Nsobundus’ chauffeur in Nigeria.
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