Shmuel Deri was the son of an orthodox rabbi – who also happens to be a leading member of the Jewish mafia known as the Black Haredi – and on the lam. He found a warm welcome in Sea Point’s ultra-religious Lubavtich community , and became a firm favourite of Rabbi Mendel Popack. Soon he and his friends were quietly punting an investment scheme that offered very high returns and a way to get money offshore. Half a guess as to what came next. God bless Shmuel – and keep him (far away from us!).

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