Filipino Helper in Singapore Accused of Stealing Money From Locked Luggage

A 40-year-old Filipina domestic worker in Singapore who allegedly opened a locked bag by trial-and-error and stole cash from her employer was terminated from her employment and sent home in February.

According to Shin Min Daily News, the 38-year-old employer hired the Filipina helper, who was not named in the report, to look after her sick elderly father in July 2017. In the first few months of her employment, the Filipina was a reliable and hard worker, so when she asked for advanced wages due to a family emergency in the Philippines, the employer agreed and let her repay in installments.

After the her father died, the employer kept condolence money in a bag that had a three-digit combination lock. Also placed there was cash worth S$25,000.

While the maid was on holiday during Christmas last year, her employer was shocked to find S$3,000 missing from her locked bag and she suspected the bag had been unlocked by trial-and-error and the maid fled with the money.

After the employer threatened to report her to the police, the maid tendered her resignation, reasoning that her employer had disrespected her while she denied stealing the money.

Because no closed-circuit television camera in the home captured any signs of theft, there was no evidence pointing to the Filipina, who was not charged by police.

The employer said she also had to spend S$100 for the ticket to send the maid home last month and lost the S$500 in salary which the Filipina failed to repay.