Maid withdraws Dh8,000 with employer’s card

The 34-year-old maid is also believed to have attempted to withdraw another Dh10,000, but the card was deactivated by the bank.

By Marie Nammour – Senior Reporter

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Published: Wed 28 Jan 2015, 11:02 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:39 PM

Dubai: A Filipina housemaid who allegedly stole her employer’s bank card and withdrew Dh6,000 from her bank account, and another Dh8,000 in cash, has been charged with theft in the Court of First Instance.

The 34-year-old is also believed to have attempted to withdraw another Dh10,000, but the card was deactivated by the bank.

She admitted that she withdrew the money with the stolen card and also stole another Dh8,000 in cash on two occasions. She transferred Dh1,200 to her family back home and spent the rest of the money on her personal needs.

Her Jordanian employer, 31, who owns a company, filed a complaint at Al Barsha police station on October 2, last year. She said in the investigation that she received a text message from her bank notifying her that Dh6,000 had been withdrawn from her account at around 9.30am on September 25, last year.

“I asked the bank to cancel the card and then left it on the table in the living room.”

The woman left her home but had to return shortly later after a bank employee phoned to ask about the serial number on the card. “I was surprised when I came back and found the card was not on the table. I went out again.”

The complainant learnt later from the bank that someone attempted again to use her card to withdraw Dh10,000, but in vain, at a Marina machine.

On checking the bank’s CCTV, the police found that it was the complainant’s maid who used her bank card. The maid reportedly admitted to the police that she stole her employer’s card and withdrew money. The employer searched the maid’s personal belongings and found four smart mobile phones and contraceptive pills.

“My neighbour also told me that she had seen the accused inviting several people in our flat while we were away.”

In her statement to the prosecution, the complainant also claimed that her husband found that Dh20,000 was stolen from a box kept for their daughter. But the maid admitted she stole only Dh8,000 from that box. The next hearing is set for February 1.

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