An Indonesian maid has been arrested after admitting she tried to steal a combined NT$310,000 (US$10,330) from an elderly couple’s bank accounts.
At noon on December 11, the domestic helper allegedly took two bank passbooks and seals of her elderly employers to a Mituo Farmers’ Association branch in Kaohsiung in an attempt to withdraw NT$150,000 from one account and NT$160,000 from the other, The Liberty Times reported this weekend.
The maid was rejected right away as she was not the holder of either account, while the bank teller notified one of the actual account holders, surnamed Chen, who then sought help from his son.
The son filed a complaint with Gangshan Precinct of the Kaohsiung police department, and identified his father’s newly hired Indonesian maid from the bank’s closed-circuit TV footage.
The maid, who initially denied any wrongdoing, later confessed to the younger Chen and the police after the elderly couple’s passbooks and seals were found under her pillow.
She said she had been trying to “borrow” the money from the couple so as to save her Indonesian family, who had received death threats from loan sharks.