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Filipina accused of stealing over $500k worth of employer’s jewels

30 June 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Among the items allegedly stolen - and recovered - was a Piaget necklace (file photo)

Another Filipina domestic helper has been charged in court for allegedly stealing an array of expensive jewelry from her employer who lives in Shek-O, valued a total of $543,000.

Margie C. Tagulao appeared in Eastern Court on Jun 30, on the same day another Filipina, Carmelita Nones, was charged with stealing more than $14 million worth of valuables from her employer.

Tagulao, 41, was charged before Magistrate Bina Chainrai with stealing various pieces of jewelry from the house of her employer, Yuen Lai-ka, on Big Wave Bay Road, Shek-O, between Jan 1 and Jun 9 this year.

The prosecutor said the Filipina had admitted the offence to police investigators, saying she took the jewelry items and pawned them because she needed money.

The defendant is accused of  stealing a Piaget necklace, a diamond brooch, a pair of pearl earrings, a pair of diamond earrings, a sapphire necklace, a Bulgari necklace, a pair of rose pattern earrings, a necklace with a diamond cross pendant, a pair of diamond and pearl earrings, one 18-karat gold necklace and one black watch.

The prosecutor said police are still conducting investigation and tracing the rest of the stolen property, after five items were recovered from pawnshops.

The recovered items were the Piaget necklace, diamond brooch, pearl earrings, diamond earrings, sapphire necklace and Bulgari necklace.

The prosecution opposed bail for the defendant due to her lack of local ties, and the possibility that she would abscond.

Chainrai adjourned the case until Jul 14 and remanded Tagulao remanded in custody. The defendant was also told to get a duty lawyer to represent her in court.

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