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Maid who cooked up kidnap hoax jailed for two weeks

Published on Feb 3, 2014 4:40 PM

A runaway maid struggling to adapt to life in Singapore wanted to be sent back to the agency that hired her out and called police to say she had been kidnapped.

Yati, a 37-year-old Indonesian national who goes by one name, called Sengkang Neighbourhood Police Centre on her mobile phone to claim that she had been abducted by three dark-skinned men who dragged into a car then locked her in a dark room on the sixth or 12th floor of a building.

Police spent 18 hours looking for her, tracing her number to two locations in Ang Mo Kio before finding her loitering in another location in the area.

Through a translator, she admitted to them that she had cooked up the hoax on Jan 9 and on Monday she was jailed two weeks for transmitting false information to police.

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