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Pinay who stole $1m worth of jewelry from employer could face more charges

30 November 2019

By Vir B. Lumicao

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Nones was about to be sentenced when the court was told she could have stolen more 

A Filipino maid has admitted stealing various jewelry items worth $1.1 million from her employers, but her case is not yet over.

Carmelita Nones, 45, learned in Eastern Court on Friday, Nov. 29, that she could face more theft charges because additional pawnshop receipts were found among her belongings, indicating she had stolen more than what was already known.

Nones had just pleaded guilty to stealing assorted jewelry items, including two Piaget watches worth $200,000 from her employers in Deepwater Bay, when a private lawyer for her employers divulged the new information.

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The lawyer asked the court to delay the sentencing so Magistrate Lam Tsz-kan called for a break so the two sides could discuss how to proceed.

When the hearing resumed, the prosecution suggested that the magistrate set aside all the guilty pleas Nones had made in the morning and asked for no plea while waiting for further police investigation to be completed.

Lam said he would rather wait until the additional charges were ready.

He adjourned the case until Jan 24 next year and ordered Nones remanded in custody.

The Filipina was arrested on Sept 4 in the residence of her employer, businessman David Liang, at 70 Deepwater Bay Road, Deepwater Bay, Hong Kong Island South.

When she appeared in court two days later, she was initially charged with stealing the two luxury watches between Jul 27 and Aug 11 this year.

But investigators later found five more stolen jewelry pieces in the records of the pawnshop where Nones had pawned the watches. Four other stolen jewelry items were found in her handbag.

Nones has been held without bail since her arrest.

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