An Overseas Filipino Worker in Hong Kong was accused of stealing $14.6 million worth of gold bars, jewelry, and other expensive items from her employer.
In a matter of 14 months, Carmelita G. Nones stole $14.6 million of expensive items from her super-wealthy employers. The incident took place from June 2018 until August 2019. The Filipina who worked as a domestic helper admitted to six charges of theft which were filed against her.
The cousin of Nones identified as Cristina N. Alagna and her niece Maricris G. Nones was also accused of acting as accomplices as Carmelita handed the valuables to them after stealing them from her employer.
Meanwhile, the fourth accessory to the crime, the sister of Carmelita identified as Marina G. Biala, pleaded not guilty of the theft charge and her case will be rendered to the District Court for trial.
According to the police, they have found some of Carmela’s stolen items inside the bedroom of Biala which includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings amounting to $120,000.
There was also evidence of pawnshop receipts presented at the court amounting to $688,850. Mrs. Liang, the employer of Carmelita even had to spend $891,160 to get back the pawned jewelry but not all of it was recovered.
The pieces of jewelry of Mrs. Liang were allegedly kept inside her home, in a safe that was placed inside her bedroom. The safe had a combination and the employer do not know how the Filipina managed to open and steal her valuables.
In the Philippines, Carmelita had a lavish lifestyle. She owned two houses and a number of vehicles. According to the HK law, the punishment for theft can go up to ten years in jail.