A 44-year-old Indonesian woman was jailed for six months by a Singapore court after pleading guilty to stealing cash and jewelry totaling about S$13,667 (US$10,225) from her 62-year-old employer in April and November.
The court heard that the defendant, named Elviana, who had worked as a domestic helper at an apartment on Lorong N Telok Kurau for four years, found a key and unlocked a drawer while cleaning her employer’s master bedroom in April 2017, Shin Min Daily News reported.
The maid stole money and property totaling S$9,187 from the drawer – a pair of diamond earrings (S$6,910), a gold and silver choker chain and cash in various currencies.
Then, on November 2, Elviana stole cash in various currencies totaling S$4,480, which included US$2,900.
The employer mistakenly believed that it was a break-in robbery and filed a report to police stating that on November 13. But three days later, the employer’s daughter confronted the maid, who then admitted two counts of theft.
The maid claimed that she was facing financial difficulties back home in Indonesia.
Police were only able to recover two gold rings, US$600 in cash and a pair of earrings, as Elviana claimed she had flushed some of her employer’s jewelry down the toilet, as well as sending some stolen money back home, and spending cash on personal expenses and buying jewelry.