A Filipino domestic worker was sentenced to a year in jail at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Semira Arlene Tejada had pleaded guilty to stealing HK$200,000 (US$25,570) in cash from her employer at a flat in Phoenix Court on Broadcast Drive in Kowloon Tong on October 6 last year, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The court heard that the maid’s employer, local inventor Vani Li Wai-yan, put HK$200,000 cash in the dining room. However, he later had trouble finding the money and thought he had put the cash in another place.
Li later found that Tejada, who worked for him for a few months, had bought an air-ticket to the Philippines for HK$5,600. He suspected that the domestic worker stole his money.
Li called the police and found out later that the defendant admitted that she had stolen his cash. She had sent HK$110,000 back home in the Philippines and spent the rest of it in Hong Kong.