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Filipina in $14.6M theft offers to plead guilty if co-accused are freed

23 December 2020

By Daisy CL Mandap 

Carmelita in a Facebook photo shortly before her arrest

A Filipina helper accused of stealing $14.6 million worth of jewelry from her employer last year, has offered to plead guilty to all the charges against her if the prosecution would agree to drop all charges against her three co-accused.

Carmelita G. Nones made the offer through her lawyer when she appeared at Eastern Court on Dec 21.

Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong agreed to adjourn the case until Jan 18 while Nones tries to work out a deal with the Department of Justice.

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But he warned that it would be the final adjournment, as he intends to elevate the case to the Court of First Instance, whether or not the DOJ agrees to Nones’ offer.

The magistrate extended Nones’ bail until then, along with that of her relatives, Marina G. Biala and Maricris G. Nones; and her fiend, Cristina N. Alagna.

Nones, 45,  faces six counts of theft involving about 200 jewelry pieces and gold bars which she allegedly took from the Deepwater Bay house of former New World Development executive director David Liang and his wife.

The case is the biggest theft case ever to have been filed in court against an FDW.

Maricris Nones and Alagna are both charged with handling stolen goods for allegedly pawning the stolen items. Biala is accused separately of the same offence, after she was found in possession of a bag containing some of the alleged stolen jewelry.

One of the jewelry pieces allegedly pawned for Carmelita by her relative

Nones has been in police custody since her arrest on Sept 4 last year, when Liang discovered that his $100,000 Piaget watch was missing. The maid reportedly admitted to her employer that she took the watch and pawned it.  

Later, Liang reportedly discovered that a matching Piaget lady’s watch which he had bought for his wife for the same amount was also missing.

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When she first appeared in court, Nones offered to plead guilty to the theft charges against her.  But her guilty plea was discarded after police investigators traced many more stolen jewelry pieces belonging to Liang from the pawnshops where they had been hocked.

Maricris Nones and Alaga were arrested after their names appeared in the pawnshop receipts for the alleged stolen jewelry. Biala was charged for allegedly keeping some of the stolen pieces for Carmelita.

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