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November 26, 2012
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Fraudster remanded for fleecing money
Christopher Thomas, STAR Writer


A Hanover resident who fleeced eight persons out of a combined total of $107,500 by promising to secure jobs for them on a cruise line was remanded in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court on Friday.

David Samuels, from Hopewell, pleaded guilty to seven out of eight counts of obtaining money by false pretence when he appeared before Resident Magistrate (RM) Sheron Barnes.

Allegations say on separate occasions between October and November this year, Samuels approached the complaints and offered to get them jobs with the Carnival Cruise line. He subsequently collected money totalling $107,500 for the service he was promising. However, he failed to keep his promise and the matter was reported to the police, who arrested and charged him.

"Where is the people's money?" Resident Magistrate Sheron Barnes asked Samuels.

"I don't have their money here," he answered.

"Do you have anybody here for you?" RM Barnes asked.

"No, Your Honour," replied Samuels.

"You don't have anyone, but you have the people's money," remarked RM Barnes.

The court was further told that Samuels had given the complainants different addresses and had identification in the name of Donald Simmonds. It was also alleged that he had taken the passports of three of the complainants along with their money.

"I don't take any passports. It's a lie, God," Samuels cried, raising his hands in heavenly supplication, even as court officers ordered him to be silent.

"Did you collect passports in a bid to help them get a work?" RM Barnes further questioned Samuels.

"No, Your Honour," answered Samuels.

RM Barnes ordered that Samuels be remanded until his next court appearance on December 28, when he will be sentenced. She also asked that his record be brought to court.

"Mr Samuels, we're going to make some checks and find out what is what. You will stay with the police until December 28," said RM Barnes.

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