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Filipina co-accused in $14.6M jewelry theft granted bail

24 June 2021

By The SUN 

Biala's case of handling $4.8 million worth of stolen property is being heard in District Court 

A sister of the Filipina helper who admitted stealing $14.6 million worth of jewelry from her wealthy employers in Deepwater Bay was granted $20,000 bail today, Jun 24, in District Court.

Marina G. Biala was allowed to post $10,000 cash bail and another $10,000 in surety by Judge W.K. Kwok, who ignored the prosecution’s objections that the case was serious and there was a risk that she would abscond. 

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It was her first appearance in the District Court after pleading not guilty to a charge of handling $4.8 million worth of assorted jewelry, gold bars and cash that her sister, Carmelita Nones, had entrusted to her.

The goods were part of the $14.6 million loot that Nones had admitted stealing from her former employers between May 2018 and September 2019. All of the stolen items passed on to Biala have been recovered except for $4,000 cash.

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Nones will be sentenced at the High Court next month, along with two other relatives who also pleaded guilty to pawning some of the items she stole from her employer.

Biala told Judge Kwok this morning that she did not know that the valuables were stolen by her sister, contrary to the prosecution’s allegation.

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She also offered to post $20,000 bail which she said would be provided by her former employer, and that she would also stay in his home.

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When Judge Kwok called the employer, a “Mr Luke,” and asked him if he would put up a surety of $20,000, the man said he would provide Biala’s bail money.

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The judge said the court normally does not allow that because, without putting up her own money for bail, the defendant won’t hesitate to abscond, as she won’t lose any money.


Judge Kwok suggested that Luke lend Biala $10,000 for her cash bail and he put up $10,000 in surety so that the defendant will owe him money and he can chase her if she absconds. The man agreed.    

The judge set the next hearing for Aug 5. 

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