A maid from the Philippines was caught with the loot in her luggage eight days before she was scheduled to return to her home country after stealing nearly $15,000 from her Singaporean employer’s valuables.
On Wednesday (December 29), Castro Meldy Aloquina, 32, was sentenced to five months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of theft as a servant.
Castro, a 46-year-old Singaporean, was hired in June of last year to help with household chores. She was paid $662 per month if she did not take vacation days, or $692 if she did.
Castro started stealing from her boss in January of this year. She would steal items from her employer’s wallet and drawers while doing her daily chores. She was aware that the key to locked drawers was kept in a bag, and she planned to use it to commit the crimes. After each time, she would return the key.
Castro stole $14,733.35 in valuables on at least 50 occasions between January and November this year, including 14 pieces of jewelry and cash in nine different currencies. Her employer gave her $4,225, which she used to purchase 12 pieces of gold jewelry.
Castro decided to leave her employer and return to her homeland on November 28th, sometime before November of this year.
Her employer checked the maid’s belongings eight days before her scheduled departure and discovered the stack of foreign currencies, household items, and jewelry.
The maid admitted to stealing the items when confronted by the employer. The employer called the cops after conferring with Castro’s employment agency. She admitted to the cops that she had taped the maid’s confession.
Castro was apprehended, and all of the items, including the 12 pieces of gold jewelry she had purchased with her employer’s money, were recovered. Two partial payment receipts for jewelry were also discovered, totaling $290. A jewelry store refunded the amount, and the police seized the refunded cash.
Castro told the court, through an interpreter, that she was sorry for her actions and wished to return to the Philippines with her two children as soon as possible.
Her eldest son had fractured his leg after falling from a tree, she added.
“I would like to take care of my son. I also have a daughter back home. I am pleading for leniency and a light sentence,” she added.
Castro could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison and fined for stealing items from her employer.
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