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4 Filipinas linked to alleged $14.6m jewelry theft return to court

09 November 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

Carmelita Nones is accused of stealing the jewelry stash from her employers' house in Deepwater Bay

A Filipina helper accused of stealing $14.6 million worth of jewelry from her employer last year, appeared again in Eastern Court today, Nov. 9, but did not take up the chance to re-apply for bail.

Carmelita G. Nones appeared together with her co-accused and relatives, Marina G. Biala and Maricris G. Nones; and friend Cristina N. Alagna; before Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong. All the accused worked as domestic helpers.

Only Biala applied for bail, but was refused.

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Carmelita 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.

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.

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.  

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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.

Among the pieces of jewelry allegedly stolen were a number of heirloom bracelets and rings

Each time the case of Nones returned to the magistrate court for hearing, more jewelry items and gold bars were added to the list of missing items as police investigators traced the pawnshops where they were hocked.

Eventually her alleged accomplices were similarly arrested and charged with the lesser offence of handling stolen goods.

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Cheang told the defendants to return to court on Dec 21 and ordered them remanded in custody.

They have all been detained without bail as they await trial in the High Court.

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