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Police looking at bank's CCTV in Filipina's $800k ATM theft case

22 March 2021

By Vir B. Lumicao 

Garaza did not apply for bail when she appeared in court

Prosecutors are still awaiting CCTV footages and an analysis of ATM transactions made by a Filipina domestic helper who is accused of stealing $768,000 from her male employer’s bank account, the Eastern Court was told today, Mar 22.

The defendant, June Jennie Garaza, appeared briefly before Magistrate Peter Law for her second court appearance since her arrest on Jan 22 after allegedly skimming the amount over a period of 14 months.

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She did not apply for bail, and the magistrate ordered her remanded in custody until her next court appearance on May 17.

The prosecutor requested the magistrate to give the police eight weeks to further review the video footages of Garaza’s visits to ATM booths of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp between Nov 26, 2019 and Jan 21 this year.

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Garaza, a 33-year-old mother of a 15-month-old boy, was accused of making more than 200 unauthorized ATM withdrawals during that period from the bank account of her French employer, Stephen Peepels.

Luga (right) telling news anchor Raffy Tulfo that his wife is innocent

The defendant glanced at the gallery when she appeared in the dock and on her way back to the holding area. Only a staff from the Consulate and a relative of Garaza were there to attend her hearing.

Absent from the hearing was defendant’s husband, Kevin Luga, who fed the case last month to “Raffy Tulfo in Action,” a highly popular TV show among Filipinos in a bid to gain support for his wife.


Little has been said in court about the case. But Luga, who also works as a domestic helper at Peepels’ house, told show host Raffy Tulfo the case stemmed from a $17,850 hotel bill he and his son incurred for quarantine upon arrival from Manila on Jan 18.


He said his wife paid the bill using Peepels’ ATM card, but with the employer's consent. When a nephew of Peepels who live in the same household saw the receipt he reportedly accused the couple of cheating their boss.

Peepels, said to be in his mid-50s, reportedly got furious and checked his account, leading to his discovery of the alleged theft. He reported the case, after which he fired Luga.

The Filipino has reportedly returned to the Philippines with his son since.


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