Yonghe Precinct, New Taipei City Police Department, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps
Yonghe Precinct, New Taipei City Police Department, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A 45-year-old Indonesian caregiver in New Taipei City, Taiwan, was arrested after she allegedly stole money from her 90-year-old employer by withdrawing around NT$50,000 (US$1,665) from his bank account with an ATM card on Tuesday.

The maid named Hartatik had been hired to look after the elderly man surnamed Pan who lives alone in the city’s Yonghe district, China Times reported.

Since his sons and daughters emigrated to the United Kingdom, they have supported their elderly father by wiring money into his bank account.

The maid was said to have memorized the PIN of Pan’s account when she previously accompanied the man, who has walking difficulties, to make withdrawals from an automated teller machine.

On Tuesday, one of Pan’s daughters was shocked to find only NT$400 in her father’s account, which should have contained more than NT$50,000. She notified her father and they filed a theft complaint with Taiwan police.

Police went through closed-circuit television footage obtained from the bank and allegedly observed Hartatik making withdrawals from an ATM at around the same time of the theft. Based on that evidence, police arrested the caregiver, who denied the accusation of theft.

The suspect is currently in the custody of the National Immigration Agency rather than staying in her employer’s home.

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