A 38-year-old Filipina was sentenced to seven months jail by a court in Singapore on Monday after pleading guilty to stealing S$17,000 (US$12,737) worth of jewelry from her employer.

Defendant Balisi Shirley Martirez had been working for Tan Siew Kim, a female lawyer, as a domestic worker for four years, The Straits Times reported.

The maid allegedly cashed the stolen jewelry items over a period of 10 months to cover the medical bills of her father in the Philippines, but his condition was not disclosed.

She began to steal items from July last year but her thieving was only discovered on May 3 this year when the lawyer was browsing through her jewelry collection and shocked to find that most of the pieces had gone. They had an estimated value of S$17,000 (US$12,737).

In December 2017, Martirez stole a S$3,000 (US$2,248) diamond pendant with a white chain from Tan’s master bedroom.

In March this year, the maid took three gold bracelets worth S$6,000 (US$4,495), and on April 25 she took a chain with a green stone pendant valued at S$1,500 (US$1,124), plus a pair of diamond earrings worth S$2,500 (US$1,873).

A separate theft involving a S$300 (US$225) Seiko watch was also listed.

The maid pawned all the items for cash at Maxi-Cash shops, and fortunately, the owner Tan was able to recover all the missing items.