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Filipino admits theft of $15k collection from employer’s client

28 July 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

The defendant pleaded guilty to stealing $15k he collected for his company

A Filipino staff of a ship supply company pleaded guilty today, Jul 28, to a charge of theft in West Kowloon Court for making off with more than $15,000 in cash collection from his employer’s client in January this year.

The defendant, A. Manlangit, 40, was convicted by Magistrate Peter Law, who withheld his sentence until Aug 25 after the defendant said he would return the money to the company before that date.

The prosecution charged Manlangit with stealing a US$1,972 ($15,382) payment he had collected from a cargo ship on Jan 5 for his employer, Hong Kong Shipchandlers Ltd.

The firm hired him in July 2019 to deliver goods and collect cash from customers.
Manlangit was instructed by the company manager to collect the payment from the captain of Maersk Edirne at Container Terminal 9 in Tsing Yi but did not return to the office on that day, a police report said.

The company manager confirmed with the captain of Maersk Edirne that he had given the money to the defendant on that date.
On Jan 6, the company manager received Whatsapp messages from the defendant saying he went to the Philippines with the cash and asked the company to give him two days to return the money.

The defendant became out of reach after that and the case was reported to the police.
On Jan 31, the defendant returned to the company but did not return the money, prompting the manager to call the police. He was arrested but remained silent.

In mitigation, the defense counsel said the defendant, married, pleaded guilty to the offense and offered to return the stolen money.

Magistrate Law ordered him to return to the court on Aug 25 and extended his bail.

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