Pinay jailed in Singapore for receiving stolen cash from 'online boyfriend'
A Filipina maid in Singapore was sentenced to nine months in prison for knowingly receiving stolen property and cash worth over $100,000 from her online boyfriend, according to a report on The Straits Times on Monday.
The report said the Filipina, identified as Shirley Navarrete Nalangan, 52, pleaded guilty to dishonesty for receiving $132,121.50 in her Singapore bank account on January 2, 2014 from one Albert Analdez.
Analdez, allegedly from Kentucky in the United States, supposedly met Nalangan on a dating website in August 2012 and dated her until the time of her arrest.
Ng Boon Gan, the Filipina's lawyer, said Analdez asked Nalangan's help in October 2013 to receive money that would purportedly be used as payments to a financing company in Malaysia to get profits from an engineering project he was involved in.
Nalangan opened a bank account in December upon Analdez's request despite her misgivings over his refusal to elaborate on the use and source of the money.
She received P132,121.50 through the account on January 2, 2014 and withdrew $4,000 to remit to a Razniati Mohd Radzi in Malaysia through Western Union, the report said.
It was revealed that the money had been erroneously transferred from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce account of a Fahmi El Hosseny after the bank received several fake emails for a wire transfer request in December 2013.
Singapore's Commercial Affairs Department was notified about the case on January 3, 2014 after El Hosseny confirmed that he did not send the emails to CIBC, leading to Nalangan's arrest.
The Straits Times reported that Nalangan could have been fined and meted out a five year jail sentence. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News