school formal rogue Sammy Em gone in a flash

All bling and bluster: school formal rogue Sammy Em gone in a flash

Stephanie Gardiner
Published: November 16, 2011 – 3:44PM


Wearing lots of rings and bracelets, DJ Sammy Em sips Scotch and Coke while bragging about how much money he makes and how much the ladies love him.

That’s how one Melbourne DJ remembers his meeting with DJ Sammy Em, or Sameer Kapoor, who is now being sought by NSW Police and the Fair Trading Department after ripping off Sydney school leavers, by charging for school formals that never took place.

Several people have come forward to talk about their dealings with Kapoor, including Sydney comedian Dave Bloustien, who wrote a stand-up show about the DJ after a run-in over a formal on a cruise boat.

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A former employee has also spoken about working for him for a couple of days in Adelaide, saying she realised he was “dodgy” when he did not turn up to work and refused to pay her for three weeks.

The Melbourne DJ, who asked not to be named, said Kapoor asked to meet him in a nightclub to talk about the possibility of DJing at a school formal a couple of years ago.

“He was talking about how much money he’s got and how he always goes interstate and organises these parties and he promised: ‘I can get you all this work and the ladies love me.’

“He was full of himself, stoking his own ego.

“I just looked at him and I was like: ‘Mate.'”

Kapoor was covered in jewellery, was well dressed and went through a couple of Scotch and Cokes during their meeting, he said.

“I knew from the minute I met him that he was like that, just straight away. I just knew.

“For anyone younger, then I guess it’s probably a bit more difficult for them to tell if they haven’t met anyone like that.

“He just looked really phoney.”

Bloustien, a stand-up comedian and writer, and Kapoor’s company battled it out in the Small Claims Division of the Local Court a couple of years ago after the DJ failed to pay him for a performance at a Sydney school formal on a cruise boat.

The comedian turned the sour experience into a comedy show called The Social Contract, but changed the names of Kapoor and his company in the performances.

“There was a lot in the show about his evasiveness, including our first meeting when he hid from me when I rang the doorbell because he thought I was a graphic designer he’d fired,” Bloustien said.

One of Kapoor’s former employees, an Adelaide-based woman who wished to be known only as Julia, said she applied for a job with his event management company about a year ago.

“He was really optimistic about it all. He’s going on and on ‘it’s not going to feel like work, it’s going to be fun’.

“I was just talking to him and I mentioned I had a boyfriend and he said ‘You want to be single, you want to live your own life.’

“I can see now, looking back at it, he was a bit dodgy.”

After signing a contract for a 36-hour-a-week job with a salary of about $42,000 a year, Julia said she quit her old job and arrived for her first day with Kapoor, only to be locked out of the office.

She said Kapoor was nowhere to be seen, but had set her up with an email account to do some data entry.

The next day Kapoor was still missing in action, but she said she received a text message to say he was in a meeting in Sydney followed by a phone call to say he was actually in Adelaide.

When he told her she did not need to fill out a tax form and that she wouldn’t be paid for three weeks, Julia said she soon realised she was being scammed.

Julia said she found another job, but feels for the affected students who have lost money and their chance to have a school formal.

“Really for me it’s not a big deal, but for the kids it’s big deal.”

Attempts have been made to contact Kapoor for comment.

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