Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

An Indian woman was jailed 20 weeks by a Singapore court on Thursday after pleading guilty to stealing her 85-year-old employer’s ATM card and illegally withdrawing S$9,000 (US$6,604) from his account earlier this year.

The 37-year-old woman allegedly worked for the elderly man in an apartment on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 since July 2016, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

The court heard the alleged maid deliberately paid attention and memorized the pin code her employer entered while he was making withdrawals from an ATM machine.

On February 3, she did her first theft by borrowing the elderly man’s card from his bedroom and taking out S$1,000 from an ATM unit located on Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4.

From then up until April 26, the alleged worker visited the same location and withdrew S$1,000 each time, the court heard.

On May 3, the victim reported to police that he had been shocked to find S$9,000 missing from his account via withdrawals that he had no knowledge of.

On May 31, Singapore police arrested the maid with S$3,000 in cash and around S$2,300 worth of gold jewelry items. They included a pair of gold earrings, a gold necklace and a gold pendant, which were seized from her as evidence.

The maid also admitted to police that she had sent S$3,500 of the stolen money back to her home in India.

The maid, who was not represented by a lawyer, pleaded for leniency, telling the court that she became the sole breadwinner to raise her school-age son after her husband died in February this year.