SINGAPORE: An employer checked his domestic worker’s belongings a week before she returned to her home country and found the maid was stealing her.
The Filipino national, who had worked for her employer for about a year and a half, stole foreign currency, cash and jewelry totaling S $ 14,733.35.
Castro Meldy Aloquina, 32, was sentenced to five months in prison on Wednesday, December 29 after pleading guilty to one count of theft committed by a servant.
The court heard that Castro was working for his 46-year-old employer in his apartment as of June 2020 for S $ 662 per month. If she didn’t take the days off, she would get S $ 692 per month.
Before November 2021, Castro decided to stop working for her employer and was due to return home on November 28.
At around 11 p.m. on November 20, her employer checked on Castro’s belongings when she was due home soon.
She found a pile of foreign currency, household items and jewelry that belonged to her. She called the police the next day.
Investigations revealed that Castro began robbing her employer from January of this year, taking items from her wallet and drawers as she went about her daily chores.
Between January and November of this year, Castro robbed his employer on at least 50 different occasions.
She was found with an assortment of jewelry and currency, including a S $ 1,491 bracelet and a S $ 477 gold chain.
As a mitigation, Castro said she felt remorse and wanted to go home as soon as possible because her son was suffering from a broken bone from a fall from a tree.
For theft by a servant, she could have been jailed for up to seven years and fined.