A 37-year-old Filipino woman and her 29-year-old friend, also Filipino, were arrested and charged in a Singapore court on Monday with allegedly stealing an employer’s credit card to make more than S$1,300 (US$953) worth of unauthorized purchases.

On November 30, the victim, a Singaporean male, sought police assistance after noting several unauthorized transactions made with his credit card, the Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

One day later on December 1, 2018, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested the two Filipino women, one of whom was the victim’s domestic worker.

Preliminary investigation found that when the domestic worker had allegedly learned of her friend’s financial difficulties, she came up with the idea of using her employer’s credit card to purchase more than S$1,300 worth of items for re-sale.

An assortment of toiletries, packaged food and drinks, and cosmetic jewellery, which were believed to have been purchased using the stolen credit card, were recovered by police.

The court also learned that the suspects had made at least 22 unauthorized credit card transactions from November 2018.

The women were charged in court on December 3 with the offence of abetment by conspiracy to cheat under Section 420 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code. Upon conviction of cheating, they could face a jail term of up to 10 years, as well as being fined.