Is Joel Samuel a scammer or victim of false charges?

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Sept. 6, 2012, 11:58 p.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

Joel Samuel

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Expatriate denies charges accusing him of fraud. He lived it up in Kyiv, but since February he’s been behind bars and is now on trial. He could face 12 years in prison if convicted.

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Hector Lopez Sept. 7, 2012, 12:08 a.m.    

Apparently, you have to be a government representative in order to get away with stealing property in Ukraine!

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bkrevel Sept. 7, 2012, 4:29 a.m.    

Holy crap..........yanuslimeovych stole a $100 Million to build his (ha!) estate.........he should get at least a couple of hundred years...........!!!!!

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dave Sept. 7, 2012, 10:37 a.m.    

Ha Ha. Batkivshyna, Regions, and even the Communists are all laughing at this guy. He went to all that trouble just to steal a paltry 300,000 dollars? You're nobody in Ukraine if you haven't stolen at least 10 million. And if Tymoshenko had stopped stealing at a mere 100 million, she would have considered herself a loser.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Sept. 7, 2012, 1:49 p.m.    

Joel is now fit to run for Rada :))))

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Gopal Das Sept. 7, 2012, 5:28 p.m.    

I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.

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