Skip to comments.Harvard Couple Who Paid Housekeeper $4 a Week ...Spared Jail
Posted on 01/11/2014 10:16:49 PM PST by fella
Martha Smalanskas, 48, and Richard Smalanskas, 49, from Harvard, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to violating the Fair Labor Standards Act at a federal court hearing in Boston on Wednesday
They originally met their victim in Bolivia when she was 16 and hired for as a nanny for their three children Three years later they brought her to the U.S. illegally, claiming her to be a relative
For 13 years and four months she worked as their housekeeper and nanny, with the prosecution saying she made $2500 total
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Some animals are more equal than others.
There’s almost no amount of justice that can pay that young lady back for all the years those people stole from her. Give her this couple’s total net assets for starters, then go from there.
I want to throw up.
Don't you will ruin your keyboard!!!
Spared jail ? Why ? This is de facto slavery (not to mention immigration fraud).
I think this is not as bad as it sounds. She may have been provided food, clothing, transportation, health care, shelter, assesory items in addition to 2500 cash.
A nice home to live in with all the comforts like cable and such,all her food and clothing with sundays off. How many Americans have to work six days a week and still live payday to payday with nothing left over. I am sure she could have left at anytime if she truly wanted to, however she would have probably been sent back to her home country to live in squaler.
If she had 2500 in a bank account after 3 years, she may have done better than many US citizens.
Oh by the way, a 300 sq. ft apt in Boston runs about 1400 a month plus utils. Plus she probably got food, clothing and medical care.
She probably got about the equivalent of 25,000 a year after taxes. Yes it is that expensive in Boston.
Just for kicks an nice studio (1 room with a separate bathroom and a kitchenette) in Cambridge.
70 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA
MOVE IN NOW! Come enjoy all that Cambridge, MA has to offer. Besides easy access to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Atmark Cambridge has LEED® Silver designed apartment homes to meet your every need. You’ll love the sleek environment with 10’ ceilings, granite countertops, modern wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and hardwood flooring. Plus, ENERGY STAR® appliances, low-voltage lighting and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems keep utility costs in check.
Studio from $2,030
1 Bedroom from $2,310
2 Bedrooms from $2,885
Great Cambridge Location at Fresh Pond
Since it sounds so good to you, can I hire you? You have to work from 6 am to 8 pm 6 days a week, for 14 cents a day. I have a room in the back you can live in.
Here is an apartment, it is 2200 a month for 538 square ft.
Since they vote Democrat, they actually helped her more than they hurt her.
Are you in Boston ?
Wow, almost $210/yr? Gosh, how did they afford that?
Selling aluminum cans to pay her?
How do you know they are democrat ?
The odds are about 40% democrat 20% independent 10% republican 30% refusing to vote.
Someplace much nicer.
if barry can do it, why are these people being prosecuted?
at least they gave the girl a place to live and food to eat. barry abandoned his aunt and uncle completely (and you think he’ll care about YOU with 0bamacare? lol)
“if barry can do it, why are these people being prosecuted?”
They might not be democrats.
The article says 13 years not 3.
Because they have money would be my guess.
I missed that. It does change the calculation in favor of the housekeeper got screwed. However, given the rent in Boston, it is still not as bad as it sounds.
Oh please. I’d be willing to bet money on it.
Huh? Read it again:
"For 13 years and four months she worked as their housekeeper and nanny, with the prosecution saying she made $2500 total"
That's $16 dollars a week for 13 years. I'm sorry, but that's equivalent to slavery in anyone's book.
Harvard, MA is out in the sticks (nowhere near Cambridge), a fairly leafy area, no doubt she lived in a basement apartment / room.
Damn! In 1965 my first real job, at age 14, paid $5 a week. And that’s still a buck more than this girl was paid.
That being said, if they were Indian diplomats they would have been stripped, had a homosexual do a cavity search then been expelled.
Actually it would appear that he is a pro-Life Conservative according to a FB page.
Dang! There’s a whoda thunk it.
The odds are about 40% democrat 20% independent 10% republican 30% refusing to vote
No way. Unenrolled voters outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined in Massachusetts.
The part which makes me wonder is this went on for 13 years, it’s not as if it just happened and then she escaped.
sounds like a civil suit waiting to happen.......
But of course it will; no such thing (according to dear leader)
As a result, the couple will be forced to pay the woman - who was not identified but is believed to be about 35-years-old - $150,000 in restitution and serve a year of probation, under an agreement they reached with prosecutors,...
Because of the donations they made to ???, hmmmm? What happened to the other $150k (...authorities determining the family owed her roughly $301,000 under prevailing minimum wage...)???
And Devyani Khobragade gets indicted for the same thing.
Gotta love the UK Mail Online.. right below that story is:
Woman rushed to hospital after THREE-HOUR orgasm
You left out the deportation notice. If the demodummies can convert her to their ranks, she'll become a naturalized American citizen (eminent domain)
“Damn! In 1965 my first real job, at age 14, paid $5 a week. And thats still a buck more than this girl was paid.”
Ok, but did you get room, board, clothing provided also ?
“Harvard, MA is out in the sticks (nowhere near Cambridge), a fairly leafy area, no doubt she lived in a basement apartment / room.”
I missed that detail. I read Harvard and assumed it was the University and not the town so I thought “Cambridge”.
“Actually it would appear that he is a pro-Life Conservative according to a FB page.”
I believe it is irrelevant regardless of political affiliation. Which is why I decided to defend the needless democrat smears.
“Dang! Theres a whoda thunk it.”
Not really. Classless people come from all political classes. Now among prominent politicians the democrats have cornered the market on incompetence, hypocrisy, and being self serving liars.
But among the regular people, this is not the case.
...I wonder if her lover took the blue pill?
LOL So she's being sold (in a sense) to her new masters. Over 12 years a slave and still a slave.
Yes, my mother provided room, board and clothing but I gave her part of my pay each week for “rent”.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.