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Filipina DH charged with stealing employer’s jewelry worth $860k

10 August 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao
 
The case was heard at Kowloon City court today, and will resume on Sept 21 

A Filipina domestic helper was charged in Kowloon City Court today, Aug 10, of stealing $860,000 worth of branded watches and jewelry, as well as gold bars, from her female employer in Homantin, Kowloon over a 10-month period.

The defendant, Edarlyn Emperador, 50, was arrested by police on Aug 7 and charged with theft before Magistrate Ada Yim. No plea was taken as the prosecution said police were continuing their investigation and trying to recover the stolen items.
The prosecution said that the theft happened between Oct 1, 2019 and Aug 6, 2020 inside the employer’s house at Block A, Celestial House.

Allegedly stolen were a Rolex watch, three Patek Philippe watches, a white gold Piaget watch, a Roger Dubuis watch, one pair of Hermes earrings, a platinum Roger Dubuis necklace and gold bars.
Emperador is accused of pawning the items, as pawnshop receipts were allegedly recovered from her belongings.

The employer allegedly discovered that her watches and jewelry were missing when she tried to look for her Rolex watch in her closet on the evening of Aug 3. As she searched the closet, she found out that her other watches and jewelry were also missing.
On Aug 6 the employer reportedly asked the defendant about the missing valuables, and she reportedly confessed taking them.

The employer reported the theft to police the next morning and Emperador was arrested,
The items alleged to have been stolen were a Rolex watch, three Patek Philippe watches, a white gold Piaget watch, a Roger Dubuis watch, one pair of Hermes earrings, a platinum Roger Dubuis necklace and gold bars.

Magistrate Yim adjourned the case to Sept 21 at the request of the prosecution, who said police needed more time to investigate and retrieve the stolen property from the pawnshop.
Magistrate Yim remanded Emperador in custody as the defendant made no application for bail.

Emperador’s is the latest in a string of cases involving Filipina helpers stealing large amounts of jewelry and cash from their employers in recent months, some of which are still pending in court.

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