Convicted fraudster reveals all

2016-07-28 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Visham Panday will launch his biography next month.

PHOTO: supplied Visham Panday will launch his biography next month.

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DURBAN businessman and convicted fraudster Visham Panday will launch his biography next month.

“I now want to live as an ordinary person,” he said.

Panday says his “tell-all” book will “shock” readers as he delves into his luxurious life in prison, his time as a general for the infamous Westville Prison 26 gang and his life-changing spiritual journey to the Himalayan mountains.

The self-published book titled Visham Panday is his way of sharing his life lessons with others, Panday said.

Panday was a part of the team of young computer hackers who robbed a leading bank of R1 billion, which allowed him to retire before he turned 21.

Now 37, Panday said he has learnt his lessons and today focuses on building a better life for those less fortunate.

Speaking to Weekend Witness (Weekly’s sister publication) recently, Panday said his book will reveal his 18-year spree which saw him rise from the humble suburb of Northdale in Pietermaritzburg to be among the highest of high-rollers who splashed out millions of rands.

“I have atoned for my sins. It’s enough. Now I want to live a full life and be an ordinary person. I have driven the best cars in the world, dined with some of the most glamorous women and rocked with the superstars.

“But it did not bring me peace and happiness. For close on two decades, the good life lost its shine. I wanted something much more,” Panday said.

Panday is the brother of controversial businessman Thoshan Panday.

After serving nine months of an effective three-year prison sentence for fraud, Panday was released early from prison with the remainder of his sentence converted to correctional supervision.

He will be launching his biography in Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Dubai and New York.

He added that he intends to also do readings in some schools in South Africa.

“I want to show children that making money the wrong way will always come back to bite you. I want to share my life experiences,” he said.

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