Rivervale Plaza, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
Rivervale Plaza, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 26-year-old Indonesian woman was sentenced to nine months in jail by a Singapore District Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to  withdrawing S$9,400 (US$6,900) from her employer’s account with an ATM card on multiple occasions last year.

Lifi Nurfitriyah pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and theft as a servant. She secretly took the POSB Bank ATM card of her 72-year-old female employer surnamed Or and withdrew money from the account in June 2016, The Straits Times reported.

On July 4, 2016, Or printed an update of her POSB Bank passbook,  which showed that a total of S$9,400 had been withdrawn without her knowledge, which prompted her to be suspicious of her Indonesian maid, who had left briefly afterward because of the end of the employment contract.

Police reviewed surveillance video of the Rivervale Plaza POSB branch, which showed that Nurfitriyah had made several withdrawals ranging  from S$500 to S$2,000 from an automated teller machine between June 19 and 24, 2016.

The suspect was arrested on July 31 this year when she returned to Singapore to work for another employer.

Nurfitriyah told police that she had secretly memorized the PIN of Or’s ATM card so she could withdraw money from her account, and each time she would place the card back in her employer’s wallet so that she would not notice.

According to Singapore law, persons convicted of theft can be jailed for up to three years and/or fined for each count, while the maximum penalty for theft as a servant is seven years in jail and a fine per charge.

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