20 Jan '11, 7am

Loanshark maids face additional charges

SINGAPORE: Three Filipino maids and a Singaporean woman, accused of being involved in loansharking activities, faced additional charges in court on Thursday. Twenty-eight-year-old Melanie Jacalan Munar and her employer, 47-year-old Koh Suat Lay now face seven charges each. Both of them allegedly worked together to issue loans totalling S$3,100 between early 2008 and November last year. The loans are believed to be issued to four other maids at Lucky Plaza shopping centre, a popular weekend hangout for Filipino domestic workers. Court papers state that the loans had an interest rate of up to 50 per cent each and were repayable over one to six months. Separately, 27-year-old Honey Irene Busto Pande, is now accused of seven counts of helping to carry out the business of illegal moneylending. She allegedly worked together with 69-year-old Singaporean man Lawrence Yeo. It is be...

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