KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A high-ranking representative of the nation of Taiwan was sentenced Friday morning in federal court for fraud in foreign labor, after accepting a plea agreement which included a time-served prison sentence, $80,000 in fines, and deportation.
Hsien-Hsien "Jacqueline" Liu, 64, admitted in court that she fraudulently hired two Filipino housekeepers for her Overland Park home, paid them significantly less than she promised and forced them to work excessive hours.
The housekeepers say Hsien-Hsien Liu made them work 18-hour days, six-and-a-half days a week for only $450 a month, even though their contract said they'd be paid $1,240 a month for a 40-hour work week. The housekeepers were also prevented from leaving the home without supervision or permission, watched over with surveillance cameras and were threatened with deportation.
The victims have been certified as victims of a severe form of human trafficking under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which means that the government will support their efforts to get visas to allow them to remain and work legally in the United States..
Liu, the Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City, was responsible for maintaining close relations between the people of Taiwan and the U.S. She has been in custody since November 2011.
The U.S. Attorneys office says while her deportation date is not yet set, it will be "soon."