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Filipina DH admits taking out loan after being terminated

28 November 2019

Semilla will be sentenced for fraud on Dec 12 at Eastern Court 

A terminated 40-year-old Filipina domestic worker who took out a $30,000 loan from a Hong Kong financing company more than two years ago has pleaded guilty in Eastern Court to one count of fraud.

Analee Semilla appeared before Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan today, Nov 28, and admitted the offence. 

But Lam adjourned her sentencing to Dec 12 after the defense counsel said he was still verifying partial payments Semilla had made to settle the loan before submitting his mitigation.

Court records show Semilla went to the office of Prime Credit Limited in Euro Trade Centre in Central on Jun 3, 2017, and applied for a $30,000 loan using her work contract as proof of income.

She did not tell the lending company that she had been fired and that it was her last working day.

She then paid only two installments totaling $5,140 before she became out of reach. The outstanding balance of $24,860 from the loan amount was neither recovered nor insured, the prosecution said.

Prime reported the case to the police after learning from the maid’s employer that her work contract had already been terminated when she applied for the loan.

Investigators subsequently found from Immigration Department that Semilla had been re-employed in Hong Kong. Police raided her new work address on Jan 4 this year and arrested her.

Semilla was charged with fraud on Sept 22, and she admitted the offense.

Her bail was extended until her next court appearance. – Vir B. Lumicao

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