Bench warrant issued for fraud-accused Janice Samuel

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DAILY OBSERVER: A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of media personality Janice Samuel, who is facing a string of fraud charges, after she failed to show up for her court hearing yesterday.

Samuel, who was slapped with 14 counts of fraud in 2019, was due to appear in All Saints Magistrate Court yesterday for her committal hearing.

However, Samuel did not show up to court and her two sureties were summoned and they, along with her lawyer Sherfield Bowen, stated that all efforts to contact Samuel have proven futile.

Upon investigation it was revealed that she has a UK passport – although she previously said she didn’t hold any other citizenship – but there is no indication that she has left the jurisdiction.

The matter was adjourned to August 27.

The former radio show contributor is currently on bail after a request for her release from prison was granted in 2019 in the form of a $200,000 bond with a $50,000 cash component. She was finally released in June 2020 after the $50,000 was posted for her.

In addition to the bond Samuel had to provide two sureties, surrender her travel documents and report to the Police Headquarters every day.

In 2019, the 47-year-old was charged with 14 counts of obtaining money by false pretences from the company, H2One Limited – where she worked as an office assistant – between March 15 and July 7 2019.

Samuel allegedly stole $107,119.27 from said company.

Samuel’s employer reportedly began looking into her actions and his accounts in July 2019 after news broke that she was convicted of embezzlement.

When he audited his accounts, he is said to have found that several cheques he had signed had been filled and paid out.

He reportedly told the police that he had never filled out any sums on those cheques nor approved their payments, and his staff knew that his approval was required.

The accused is said to have prepared the cheques and issued them to an associate of hers who was not affiliated with the company.

They were allegedly cashed at a gas station by the individual, but when questioned he said he did not know he was involved in a crime.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. These are the TYPES that CHERISHED by THE MOVEMENT ORGANIZATION now become UPP. TABOR hope you get back your money.

  2. My good Friend TABOR is caught up in this SAGA ????. Tabor has a good heart. Why the MOVEMENT ORGANIZATION and UPP did not step up to the plate?. Blessings Tabor.

    • Tabor’s good heart is politically motivated. Nothing ‘good’ about that. To date he cannot answer me why he doesn’t provide Pro Bona service to the family of Andrea Hughes who was killed now many years ago by a driver, and the driver has not faced the court.
      https://antiguaobserver.com/road-fatality-case-still-on-hold/

      Road fatality case still on hold
      23 August 2017

      A High Court order of a stay remains in place on the police bringing any criminal proceedings against Mark Ryan, the driver being investigated in the fatality case of Andrea Hughes.
      The order was granted a year ago after the police published the findings of a coroner’s inquest, indicating who was culpable.
      The lawyer representing Ryan, Hugh Marshall Jr, had challenged the findings and publication of the inquest report in August last year, preventing the police from moving forward in any way.

  3. Wow! The woman just made a gangsta move on the judiciary 😆🤣😂
    Ask Algernon Watts if he knows where his former co-host might be.

    The woman is a badass. She can star in her own 🎥

  4. This does not sound or look good for UPP…. They seem to attract a lot of law breakers…. If it not murderers, it is child molesters. Now it’s an alledged fraudster breaching the laws of the court……. Hmmmmmm birds of a feather usually flock together….. Should UPP win the election then we might have a cabinet of all criminals .

    • Look at who her “lawyer” is. A political candidate on the UPP ticket who could potentially be the next AG or Minister of Gender Affairs.

      • @Smh: So what is wrong with that? That is what Lawyers do.They represent their clients in the Courts against criminal charges.Just a reminder.The present Attorney General did represent those of criminal minds from all walks of life,in the Courts.

    • How do the tapes of IHI sounds to the ALP/ ABLP. Have you ever listened to those recordings? What this lady is accused of doing pales in comparison to those tapes.They involved millions of $$$$ swindled by Senior Politicians in Antigua, from the people. I do wondered what Party formed the Administration. There are dishonest people in all walks of life.

  5. Tabor KARMA is real you so of a …….. and its only beginning for you. Think you get way more is there to come. Lol this sweet me bad!!!!

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