Fresh fraud charges for media personality Janice Samuel

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Recently-convicted thief, Janice Samuel, has been slapped with 14 new charges of fraud.

Samuel, who spent the past four days in custody at the St. John’s Police Station, is awaiting a court appearance for bail and a committal date.

She’s expected in court today on 14 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses from the company H2One Limited between March 15 and July 7, 2019.

It is alleged that the 45-year-old woman stole $107,119.27 from the company where she worked as an office assistant.

Samuel’s employer began looking into her actions and his accounts last month, after OBSERVER media broke the news about her earlier embezzlement case and conviction in early July. In this latest case, when Samuel’s boss audited his accounts, he found that several cheques that he had pre-signed had been filled in and paid out. However, he told police he had never filled out any sums on those cheques nor approved their payments, and his staff knew that his approval was required.

Sources close to the probe indicate that the accused had prepared those checks and issued them to an associate of hers who had not provided any services to the company where Samuel worked. Nonetheless, the man cashed the cheques at a service station, and when questioned by police two weeks ago, claimed he did not know he was involved in a crime.

The man has not been charged, but the police have interviewed him in the presence of his lawyer as the probe continues.

Just last Thursday, Samuel got a two-year suspended jail sentence for stealing from another employer in 2016. She was ordered to pay back the $5,000 she stole from Connie’s Comfort Suites after only two weeks on the job. That sum had to be paid right away, and the well-known radio personality complied to avoid going to jail for six months.

Prior to that, Samuel had several convictions for fraud.

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