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Couple from town of Harvard ordered to pay woman they treated as slave

A husband and wife from the town of Harvard were sentenced in federal court in Boston Wednesday to a year of probation and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to an immigrant woman they helped bring into the country illegally and then treated as a house slave for more than 13 years.

Martha Smalanskas, 48, and her husband Richard, 49, the parents of three children, must pay the restitution by Jan. 1 or face the possibility of jail time under a new indictment, said a federal prosecutor, who added that he sought restitution, rather than a jail term, as a more economic option for the victim in the case. The couple was initially charged with conspiracy and harboring a fugitive, but pleaded guilty in January to misdemeanor charges of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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