Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: iStock
Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: iStock

A Filipino woman was arrested in the United Arab Emirates after fleeing the Philippines where she was facing charges of theft and falsification.

Ferdinand M. Lavin, the deputy director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in the Philippines, said Regina Boneza Senson, 45, had been charged with theft and the falsification of public documents, Business World reported.

“She committed these crimes between 2014 and 2015,” Lavin said.

Lavin added that before a warrant was issued in 2015, Senson fled to the United Arab Emirates. In a report by Remate News Central, Senson had been an overseas worker in the UAE. The NBI coordinated with Interpol Abu Dhabi to track her down and have her deported.

“We received a message from Interpol Abu Dhabi concerning the deportation and turning over of custody of Senson that led to her arrest on Saturday,” the NBI said.

Between 2014 and 2015, Senson reportedly worked as a medicine assistance supervisor for a company in Mandaluyong City. She was charged with theft after she allegedly stole PHP150,000 (US$2,813) from the company.

In the Philippines, theft is a non-bailable crime and carries a penalty of life imprisonment if found guilty. The maximum penalty for falsification of public documents is six years in jail and a fine of PHP5,000.