A 31-year-old Indonesian domestic worker has been sentenced to 12 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to stealing cash out of her employer’s trouser pocket two weeks ago.
At 8:30pm on July 12, Puji Winarsih, who had served the Goh family since March 20 at a private townhouse on Changi Road, was gathering clothes for laundry, Shin Min Daily News reported. She found in the pocket of a pair of her employer’s trousers a stack of S$1,000 notes with a total value of S$15,000 (about US$11,000). Winarsih then helped herself to S$5,000.
The court heard that Winarsih spent S$2,000 of the stolen money on jewelry and remitted some of the rest back home to Indonesia the next day.
The employer, Goh Teck Ann, confronted Winarsih about the missing money in the evening, and the maid admitted to the theft. However, only S$2,479 in cash and S$1,924 worth of jewelry were recovered, The Straits Times reported.
According to Singapore law, the maximum penalty for theft as a servant is seven years in jail, and offenders can also face fines.