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For years, Indian-born expatriate Joel Samuel traveled around Kyiv with a confident swagger, name-dropping big connections, claiming to work in nightclub management and software development.

Now police say he was a scammer who allegedly swindled people out of more than $400,000.

Samuel, 30, has been in Kyiv’s Lukyanivka pretrial detention center since February, Judge Yevhen Sydorov told the Kyiv Post at the Kyiv City Shevchenko District Court. In May, prosecutors handed over the criminal case to the Shevchenko District Court. Closed criminal proceedings resumed on Sept. 6, during which one alleged victim, Japanese citizen Pouru Ota, testified. Ota claims Samuel stole $355,000 in a real estate fraud scheme.

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