Maid who stole four $1,000 notes from employer jailed 8 weeks

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Sumini, 32, pleaded guilty to two out of four theft charges. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
Sumini, 32, pleaded guilty to two out of four theft charges. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

A maid who chanced upon a key to a locked wardrobe found some $1,000 notes belonging to her employer’s family.

Sumini, who goes by one name, successfully stole several notes and remitted them back to her husband in Indonesia.

But when Sumini overheard the family searching for the missing cash after she stole yet another note, she threw it into the rubbish chute in the hopes of not being caught.

At the State Courts on Thursday (7 March), Sumini was jailed for 8 weeks after she pleaded guilty to two out of four charges of theft. The remaining counts were considered in her sentencing.

Sometime in August 2018, Sumini chanced upon the key while cleaning a room. She used the key to unlock a wardrobe in the same room and found a money bag belonging to her employer’s brother-in-law. Inside the bag were several $1,000 notes.

The maid stole one note and remitted the money to her husband later that month on her rest day.

Sometime between 29 January and 3 February, Sumini again chanced upon the key. She unlocked the wardrobe and stole another $1,000 note.

Before she was released for her rest day, however, she overheard the family searching for the missing money. She threw the note into the central rubbish chute. Later, she confessed to her crime.

The total amount of money Sumini stole was $4,000. She voluntarily handed over $650 from her personal savings and also forfeited one month of salary worth $670 as partial restitution.

For theft in dwelling, she could have been jailed up to seven years along with a fine.

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