KyivPost

Is Joel Samuel a scammer or victim of false charges?

Print version
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.

Announcement To Readers

Since 1995, the Kyiv Post has been the world's window on Ukraine. Please support the newspaper’s quality, independent journalism with a digital subscription. Subscribers receive unlimited access to all stories, archives and PDFs from the Kyiv Post's staff writers and news services.
More info.

12 months
1 month
$50.00Pay $20.00Pay
The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively debate. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. If you think that a posted comment violates these standards, please flag it and alert us. We will take steps to block violators.
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!

{# <-- parent id goes here
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...........!!!!!

{# <-- parent id goes here
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.

{# <-- parent id goes here
IvanovPetrovSidorov Sept. 7, 2012, 1:49 p.m.    

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

{# <-- parent id goes here
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.

{# <-- parent id goes here

KyivPost

© 1995–2014 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.