Busted by Facebook posting, maid jailed three months for stealing from employer

SINGAPORE - A maid stole $6,300 worth of jewellery from her employer on her last day of work, but was caught after photos of the loot she posted on Facebook came to her victim's attention.

Filipino Evelyn Macaraya Clotario, 35, was sentenced to three months in jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing from 42-year-old Scalzi Barbara. Only about $2,000 of the loot - which included necklaces, bracelets and rings - was recovered as Clotario had remitted the rest back home.

She worked for the Briton from Feb 21, 2012 to Jan 21 this year at the Flynn Park condominium along Yew Siang Road.

In May, Ms Scalzi's friend told her about how her own maid had stolen a necklace, and she only discovered the theft after checking the maid's Facebook page.

This prompted Ms Scalzi to do a search of her own. Browsing through Clotario's page, the Briton found photographs of jewellery that belonged to her, and even photos of her former maid wearing the items. Suspicious, she did a check and discovered nine items were missing.

Clotario was arrested at her new employer's home on May 19.

The maximum penalty for theft in dwelling is a jail term of seven years in jail and a fine.

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