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Vengeful helper stole from 'mean' employer

A domestic helper took revenge on her employer over wage deductions and stole money, high-class tonics and valuable ornaments worth more than 100,000 yuan (US$15,800) and has been arrested on theft charges, Qingpu District prosecutors charged yesterday.

The 51-year-old suspect, Yin Zhaohui, confessed to stealing money and belongings from her employer, Ye Jing, when she was hired as a domestic helper last July to clean the house and look after Ye's younger daughter in a villa on Yehui Road in the city's suburban Qingpu District.

Yin said she stole things because she was angry at her 27-year-old employer for deducting her wages when she took a two-day leave in August.

"I worked hard but she spared me no weekends. How could a rich and lavish person like her be so mean?" Yin said.

Between last September and December, Yin stole high-class tonics including Chinese and American ginsengs, red cubiloses, antlers, shark fins and precious Chinese herbs from the house, prosecutors say.

The suspect also stole gold and jade ornaments, commemorative coins and cash, they said.

Prosecutors said Ye installed a surveillance camera in the living room and caught Yin stealing money from her bag on December 9. Yin admitted stealing 3,700 yuan and HK$9,000 (US$1,160) but denied taking so many tonics, saying that some of those seized in her home were her own. Prosecutors said the domestic helper could face jail up to 10 years.


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