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Filipina charged with using invalid work contract to get loan returned to jail

18 June 2024


Eastern Court 

A Filipina accused of obtaining a $20,000 loan using an invalid employment contract, has been returned to jail custody yesterday after failing in her bid to apply for bail at Eastern Court.

Mariel Antenor, aged 32 years, is accused of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, which violates the Theft Ordinance.

Principal Magistrate Don So set the next hearing on July 17.


The case arose after Antenor allegedly presented an invalid work contract to Prime Credit’s office at Eurotrade Center Bldg. in Central on Sept. 14, 2022, to meet one of the requirements for a loan.

As a result, the $20,000 loan was approved; the financing company said it later found out that the work contract was no longer valid when Antenor applied for the loan.

The prosecution said the defendant was arrested when she went to the Immigration Department to renew her employment contract which was set to apply on April 27 this year. This suggested she had used an old contract to obtain the loan.

The defence lawyer said Antenor did not know that it was an offence to use an expired work contract to apply for a loan. Apart from this, she had already repaid much of what she borrowed.

The alleged act is contrary to sec 18 of the Theft Ordinance, and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

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