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Filipina DH co-accused in $14.6m jewelry theft to admit pawning stolen items

08 March 2021

by Vir B. Lumicao

This necklace belonging to Mrs Liang was among those recovered from a pawnshop

One of the three Filipina co-accused of domestic worker Carmelita Nones in a $14.6 million theft case in Eastern Court will plead guilty in April to all but one of seven charges of handling stolen goods filed against her.

Cristina N. Alagna will enter her plea in the next hearing on April 12, Magistrate Daniel Tang said after approving the adjournment request from barrister Oliver Davies, lawyer for Nones, in a hearing today, Mar 8.

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The case was supposed to have been committed (or transferred) today to the Court of First Instance, where it would be scheduled for trial. But during the hearing, no mention was made about the committal.

Alagna faces seven counts of handling stolen goods while her friend Maricris G. Nones, a niece of Carmelita, faces five counts. She was arrested last year along with Maricris after pawnshop records showed she had hocked some of the jewelry.

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Marina G. Biala, a sister of Nones, faces one count of handling stolen goods after a bag with about 40 jewelry pieces was found in her room.

Prosecutors rejected Nones' offer to plead guilty if her co-accused were set free

On Jan 18, Davies told Magistrate David Cheung talks were under way among the defense, the prosecution and the victims, business executive David Liang and his wife Elaine, that could lead to more recoveries of the missing jewelry.

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At the same time, prosecutors consolidated the multiple theft cases against Nones with the handling charges against her three co-accused, so they could be heard at the same time.

They rejected an offer made by Nones during an earlier hearing on Dec 21 that she would plead guilty to all the charges against her in exchange for the dropping of the charges against her co-accused.

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Nones is accused of stealing 200 pieces of jewelry over a 10-month period that culminated with her allegedly stealing two Piaget watches from her employers worth $100,000 each on Aug 11, 2019.


It was only after that incident that the Liang couple reportedly discovered their safe had been looted, and that many more items of jewelry and gold bars were missing.

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