Rob Rose Editor: Financial Mail

If Martin Levick, the silky-smooth alleged conman and one-time CEO of Genesis Capital, thinks he’s off the hook, he is sorely mistaken. Last April, he catapulted onto the front pages when claims emerged that he’d swindled a number of businessmen, including Brait founder Antony Ball, out of R712m by spinning a scarcely credible web of fantasies.

Take Ball’s case: here, Levick extracted R42m on the pretext that Ball would finance the purchase of an original painting by street artist Banksy. But there was no Banksy, only forged documents, sweet-talking, and a trail of smoke where R42m once was.

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