Taiwanese woman presses charges against son for stealing money from her bank account

A woman in Chiayi pressed charges against her 19-year-old son for stealing her money from her bank account, saying she wanted to give her son a lesson.

A woman in Chiayi pressed charges against his 19-year-old son for stealing her money from her bank account, saying she wanted to give her son a lesson

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—A woman in Chiayi pressed charges against her 19-year-old son for stealing her money from her bank account, saying she wanted to give her son a lesson.

According to a news release issued by the second precinct of Chiayi City Police Bureau on Monday, police received a report from a 59-year-old woman surnamed Chiu, saying that when she withdrew money from her savings in her Post Office account, she found some money in her account had been stolen.

Acting upon the report, police studied surveillance video around the post office to find out the suspect who allegedly stole the money.    

The next day, police asked the woman to the station to identify the suspect in a screen shot. The woman immediately recognized that the suspect was her son, and sadly told police that she has a comfortable, middle-class family and has attached much importance to her son’s education. She told police she had never thought her son would have stolen money from her bank account, which much disappointed her.

Chiu told police that she would change the hiding places for her ATM card from time to time, but her son must have secretively observed where she put the card. She said she had her PIN written on the card, which gave her son the opportunity to exploit the card.

She told police that she decided to press charges against her son, so he would learn a lesson.

During an interview by police, the 19-year-old said he withdrew money four times using his mother’s ATM card between August and October this year, and the total amount he stole from his mother’s account was NT$58,000. He told police that he regretted what he did and had made an apology to his mother. However, as burglary is indictable only upon complaint, police referred the case to the prosecutors’ office on suspicion of burglary.