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Rand manipulation: After fund manager's $20m Ramaphosa bet flopped, he allegedly turned to fraud

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US authorities say Neil Phillips needed the rand to strengthen against the dollar.
US authorities say Neil Phillips needed the rand to strengthen against the dollar.
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The South African co-founder of a UK hedge fund is alleged to conspired to manipulate the rand-dollar exchange rate after his bet that Cyril Ramaphosa's 2017 election as ANC leader would galvanise the rand failed to pan out as he had hoped. 

US federal prosecutors this week unsealed a 26-page indictment charging Neil Phillips, the co-founder of Glen Point Capital, with conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, commodities fraud and wire fraud. 

READ | London hedge fund founder arrested, charged for manipulating the rand

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17.77
-1.2%
Rand - Pound
21.48
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