Three domestic workers were jailed for 14 weeks each by a Singapore State Court on Friday after pleading guilty to charges of conspiring to embezzle more than 200 valuables and household items from their employer’s home in October last year.
The court heard that the three Filipinos, aged between 29 and 32, were working for a 47-year-old woman surnamed Yeo in an apartment in Queen Astrid Park, Shin Min Daily News reported.
On the afternoon on October 10, the maids were tidying up the child’s room, where they found a lot of old clothes that had become too small for the employer’s grown-up child.
They agreed to clean out the wardrobe for good, helped themselves to whatever they believed the employer’s family would no longer need, and tried to send these items to their families in the Philippines.
They packed three big carton boxes with 283 items with a combined value of S$5,416 (US$4,111). The stolen items included T-shirts, jeans, socks, swimsuits, baby-care goods like diapers, wipes and bottle nipples, as well as a juicer and other small appliances.
The 29-year-old defendant arranged a courier from the airline freight service and had her box sent out on October 13.
At 10pm on October 14, the employer was puzzled by the sudden presence of two boxes from their workers at home. To her surprise, it turned out to be goods that belonged to them. Yeo called the police, who managed to intercept the sent package in time.
The three women pleaded guilty on May 4. Each was jailed for 14 weeks.