A 27-year-old Filipina domestic worker in Macau who had already jumped bail once was arrested and charged with taking out a HK$20,000 (US$2,548) loan in 2016 using an expired work contract.

Melessa Francisco was arrested on February 7 at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island while she was trying to re-enter the city, sunwebhk.com reported.

She was charged with “obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception” at the Eastern Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The case stemmed from her allegedly borrowing money from Prime Credit on July 16, 2016 using a work contract that had already been terminated.

Although the defendant later found a new employer, she did not repay the loan. By then, Prime Credit had discovered the deception and reported it to the police.

Officers arrested the defendant in December 2017, but she reportedly jumped police bail and eventually secured a job as a domestic worker in Macau.

No plea was taken from the defendant on Friday as the police were granted time to continue with their investigation. Meanwhile, magistrate Peter Law refused her bail application as she had already absconded in 2017 while on police bail.