I'm just a pawn: Sammy Em's sister speaks out about school formal scam
"I've completely severed all ties" ... Amrita Kerr, 25, and her brother Sameer "Sammy Em" Kapoor.
The director of an events company accused by Sydney students of stripping them of hundreds of thousands of dollars for high school formals that did not take place says she had nothing to do with the business and was "just a pawn in the game".
Amrita Kerr, 25, who was listed as the sole director of Your Formal Australia, said she was the head of the company in name only.
Obviously I have to take responsibility for the fact that it was my company and I'm sorry it happened, (but) it wasn't in my control because I had no say
The day-to-day business was left to her older brother Sameer Kapoor, who is also known as DJ Sammy Em, she said.
Hundreds of students from prominent high schools such as Mosman High School, Monte Sant' Angelo, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College and PLC Croydon said they were ripped off after booking and paying for formals online through the company late last year.
Ms Kerr said she had stopped talking to her brother after finding out about the cancelled formals through media coverage.
She said she had since lost her house and filed for bankruptcy.
"I don't talk to him, I've completely severed all ties," she said outside Parramatta Local Court this morning, after a brief appearance over a charge relating to failing to file business documents to the Department of Fair Trading.
But Ms Kerr said she did not want to "throw him under the bus".
"I have to deal with his shit and I didn't do anything.
"As far as I knew, nothing bad was happening ... one day the shit hit the fan and here we are.
"Obviously I have to take responsibility for the fact that it was my company and I'm sorry it happened, [but] it wasn't in my control because I had no say.
"I was just used as a pawn in the game and I'm in just a worse a situation as them [the students].
"I think I'm paying the price."
She said she was not sure what Mr Kapoor was doing now.
Ms Kerr appeared briefly in court after being issued a court attendance notice for the offence of refuse or fail to comply with a substantiation notice within the compliance period.
According to court papers, the Fair Trading Department issued the substantiation notice on February 24, requiring her to hand over business documents "to provide proof of certain claims and representations made to consumers".
She had until March 16 to provide the documents, but failed to do so, the court papers said.
In court, Ms Kerr represented herself and asked for time to get some legal advice.
Magistrate Alison Viney adjourned the matter until May 18, when Ms Kerr will be expected to enter a plea.