POUND RIDGE AUTHOR charged with LAbor trafficking AND
SEX ABUSE INVOLVING A PERSONAL ASSISTANT
County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Joseph Yannai (DOB
is a twenty one year old Hungarian citizen who sought employment in the
Over the course of several weeks, the terms of employment were described to her which provided two employment options, a live out option involving payment of $2,000 a month or a live-in option where all her expenses would be paid and she would receive a $20,000 bonus at the end of the year.
Also present at the home was a second victim, a Brazilian national who had been working at the location for a period of time.
After about a week the real rules of the house were revealed to the first victim, in which the defendant threatened and coerced the victims to perform sexual favors.
Additionally, while at the defendant’s residence, the first victim observed photos of Yannai with numerous other women in the defendant’s bedroom and learned that there had been six or seven other girls from various other countries who had worked in his Pound Ridge residence.
Bail was set at $100,000.
Yannai’s next court appearance is scheduled for
He faces a maximum of seven years in state prison on the top counts in the complaint.
Second Deputy District Attorney Audrey Stone, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division, will prosecute the case.
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of
Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is
merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.