Facebook post gave thieving maid away

Facebook post gave thieving maid away

The maid who previously worked for British national Barbara Scalzi left in January, but the employer did not suspect anything until she heard of a theft by a friend's helper four months later.

The 42-year-old then checked the Facebook page of her former maid, Evelyn Macaraya Clotario, only to discover photos of the Filipino posing with familiar-looking jewellery. The Briton later found nine pieces of jewellery missing.

Yesterday, Clotario, 35, who stole $6,300 worth of jewellery from her employer on her last day of work on Jan 21, was sentenced to three months' jail after pleading guilty to stealing.

Only about $2,000 of the loot - which included necklaces, bracelets and rings - was recovered as Clotario had remitted the rest home.

She worked for Ms Scalzi from Feb 21, 2012, at the Flynn Park condominium in Yew Siang Road.

Last month, Ms Scalzi's friend related how her own maid had stolen a necklace from her and she had discovered this only after seeing the maid's Facebook page.

This prompted Ms Scalzi to do her own search and she went to the police after seeing pictures of the familiar items on her former maid's Facebook page. Clotario was arrested at her new employer's home on May 19.

Pleading for leniency, she said through an interpreter that she had two children to support and was the sole breadwinner in her family.

Calling for a jail term of three to five months, Deputy Public Prosecutor Mansoor Amir pointed out the high value of items involved and how Clotario had abused the trust Ms Scalzi had placed in her. The maximum penalty for theft in dwelling is jail of seven years and a fine.

This article was first published on June 5, 2014.
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