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Smoke and mirrors: The story of a thieving 'trader' with many names

Sam Hurley

New Zealand Herald business journalist

Mum and dad investors, who had already fallen victim to a $10m Ponzi scheme, were preyed on again by an "inherently dishonest" and greedy businessman looking to line his pockets with their life savings. Sam Hurley reports on a thieving trader with many names.

Rod Richard Makatea and Rodney Crichton are the same person.

And Rodney Crichton is Rodney McCall.

For this story let's use Rodney McCall - it was the name a judge used when sentencing the man