was Janis Steadman able to get away with her amazing double
life for so long? Not even her husband Michael knew anything
about it. Every morning he saw her leave their comfortable
house in the suburbs to go to the job she loved, as a computer
operator with a large accountancy company. Some evenings
she went to meetings, or to her yoga class. As far as Michael
knew he was a good husband, although he worked long hours
and was often away on business. As far as he knew his wife
was happy, in spite of the fact that they couldn't have
But instead of going to meetings, Janis was spending time
in the harbourside apartment she had bought. Instead of
going to her yoga class, she was shopping, buying glamorous
clothes and exclusive perfumes, works of art and fabulous
jewellery. She went to the most exclusive restaurants, the
ballet and the opera. She lived a double life and her husband
knew nothing about it.
It all began when she met Tony D'Angelo at an art dealership.
Tony was a handsome and charming conman who persuaded her
to buy a small but valuable sculpture. She secretly fantasised
about a romance with him and spent more and more money on
his advice. They often went out together, but Steadman found
that she was the one who paid for everything. The romance
Janis' spending spree brought her tremendous excitement
and happiness. It gave her life a new sense of purpose.
She was born into a poor family, but now for the first time
she was made to feel important. She was flattered by all
the attention she received from salespeople. Now, at last,
she had a place in the upper class social scene. Everyone
made a fuss of her.
How could Steadman pay for this? Had she won the lottery?
No, she hadn't. In fact, she had become a white-collar criminal.
She stole the money she needed to pay for her lifestyle
by hacking into the sales records of an e-business company.
She was able to steal credit card details and to get money
from a long list of people and companies. The funds were
transferred to a secret account under a false name.
No one noticed the thefts at first. Maybe nobody would have
noticed, but Steadman was caught because she became careless.
She started wearing expensive jewellery to work. She was
seen at the Opera with Tony. She started stealing larger
and larger sums of money. Clients of the e-business company
started noticing that they were losing money from their
Soon the police were knocking at the door of the comfortable
suburban home. Her crime was discovered at last. And when
police visited the harbourside apartment, they found an
art collection that contained over 100 pieces and a dazzling
collection of jewellery. These items are now being sold
so that the victims of Janis' crime can get some of their