A Filipino maid was jailed nine months on Monday in a Singapore court after admitting to receiving stolen cash in her bank account in 2014 from a man she met on a dating website.
Shirley Navarrete Nalangan, 52, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of dishonestly receiving stolen property by accepting cash in her bank account.
In August 2012, Nalangan, who began work as a domestic worker in Singapore in 1990, met Albert Analdez through a dating website, The Straits Times reported.
Analdez told Nalangan that he was from Kentucky in the United States, the Times said. The duo had chatted about “intimate topics” and marriage through the internet.
In October 2013, Analdez asked Nalangan to receive some funds as payment to a financing company in Malaysia for him to get his profits from his engineering project. He asked the Filipina to withdraw the funds from her bank account and send the money to an employee at the financing company.
Despite raising concerns over the source of the cash, Nalangan still gave the man her bank account details and US$105,000 was deposited on January 2, 2014. The money was stolen from a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) account under the name of Fahmi El Hosseny.
Nalangan later remitted S$4,000 (US$2,989) through Western Union to a woman in Malaysia. She was arrested by the police.
Ng Boon Gan, a lawyer representing Nalangan pro bono, pleaded for a lighter penalty. The maximum penalty for dishonestly receiving stolen property is a five-year jail term and a fine.
The judge was also considering another count of removing criminal property from the jurisdiction.