| Fadley Faisal |
A 34-YEAR-OLD local woman yesterday pleaded guilty in the Bandar Magistrate’s Court to 11 charges for offences such as posing as an amah agent, providing fake amahs and swindling potential employers of “deposits” amounting to $23,000.
Nazura binti Garip will learn her fate tomorrow.
DPP Yvonne Lim explained to the court that the case was first investigated in 2011 and the police had to gather information from victims who had pursued the case, whilst other victims had declined to come forward.
In 2012 and 2013, whilst under investigation, the defendant committed the same offences again and police gathered more information of the case and completed investigations last week.
Nazura cheated 11 people from October 2011 to May 2013 by deceiving them into believing that she was able to secure maids and a gardener for them.
She cheated them of a total of $22,920.
Nazura told Magistrate Hajah Ervy Rahman that it was due to financial reasons that she committed the offences and she has a family of six children aged one to 12 years old.
She said most of them were still in school and that she even breast feeds the youngest.
She asked for a fine so as not to deprive her children of support.
DPP Yvonne’s said, according to the facts of the case, the defendant had been duping people by introducing herself as maid agent.
She said Nazura would meet the victims and ask them to select maids from a biodata she had created.
She would request deposits ranging from $500 to $2,500.
Upon receiving the money, the defendant would find any female foreigner holding a social visit pass to do the job.
On occasions where she could not find any female foreigner, she would go into hiding.
The defendant would bring the maids to the employers’ house and after a few days would take them away under the pretext that the maids had to undergo medical examinations and have their identity cards processed.
She would then replace the maids several times to convince the employers that she was an authorised agent.