PICTURE: ISTOCK Are you a business or professional person considering whether to indulge in a little creative billing on the side? Here are some "must read" ideas from a master practitioner. They come with a caution, however: originator Milile Mpambaniso was convicted and struck off the roll of attorneys after trying them out himself.This Eastern Cape lawyer, not content with everyday misuse of trust funds, devised strategies breathtaking in their conceptual audacity.In November 2014 Mpambaniso was convicted of 28 counts of fraud and sentenced to R100 000 or a year in jail. He has since paid the fine, without appealing against either sentence or conviction.Here’s his first tip: decline to testify at your criminal trial, and tell the court later you were following the advice of "senior and very highly regarded trial advocates". Then, at the application for your professional striking-off, say how sorry you are you didn’t testify at the trial since you could then have explained yoursel...

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