A 28-year-old Filipino maid was jailed for seven months on Wednesday by a Singapore court after pleading guilty to stealing more than S$26,000 (US$19,075) worth of jewelry and foreign currency from her employer.
The thefts happened during the last month of her employment before she intended to return home as she was four-months pregnant.
Vicera Reena Mae Cartegena pleaded guilty to theft from her employer at Block 338A in Anchorvale Crescent in Sengkang in June this year, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.
The court heard the female employer found more than S$26,000 (US$19,075) worth of valuables – a S$4,500 diamond ring, S$16,500 worth of gold jewelry, foreign currency valued at S$5,000 and S$410 in cash – missing from a safe box inside a wardrobe in the master room on July 2.
Police discovered the maid had hidden the stolen jewelry in a drawer in the bathroom and planned to take the items back to the Philippines. She had sent S$700 home and kept S$800 for daily expenses. The employer managed to recover all her jewelry and about S$718 in cash.
The maid, a mother of two expecting her third child, was not represented by a lawyer and pleaded for leniency in the court. She told the court she had financial difficulties and needed to pay the medical bills for her six-year-old son who had been unconscious for 17 days in hospital after a fall from a motorcycle in a recent traffic accident.
The judge said he understood her situation, however a deterrent sentence would be deemed applicable as it was theft of high-value goods.