A 45-year-old Indonesian woman who previously worked for Changi Airport Group chairman Liew Mun Leong and his family was found guilty by a District Court in Singapore of stealing more than S$34,000 (US$25,240) worth of valuables in October 2016.
Defendant Parti Liyani was found guilty of four counts of theft after a 20-day trial. She will be sentenced on Monday March 25, the Shin Min Daily News reported.
The court learned that the worker had lived in a cordial relationship with the Liew family while working at a Chancery Lane villa on Dunearn Road between March 2007 and October 2016.
However, Liew had suspected the worker could have been responsible for miscellaneous items that disappeared from the household over those years.
In October 2016, Karl Liew, the son of Liew Mun Leong, was assigned by his father to sack the worker. He reportedly gave her about three hours to pack her belongings. But she was given two to three months’ salary as compensation.
The worker packed her stuff in three jumbo boxes, and Karl Liew agreed to pay to ship those boxes to her home in Indonesia.
The incident came to light when Karl Liew’s wife voiced concern over the items being shipped to Indonesia because they had to declare the contents of what was being sent.
So, the worker’s boxes were opened and the family was shocked to discover many of their missing items inside, including luxury watches such as a S$10,000 Gerald Genta watch, 115 pieces of clothing worth S$150 each, as well as two iPhones with accessories valued at more than S$2,000. All up they had a combined value of S$34,000 (US$25,241).