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ILLUSTRATION: MICHAEL DE LUCCHI
ILLUSTRATION: MICHAEL DE LUCCHI

By the age of 18, while his peers were applying for bursaries to further their studies in university,

Chico had already pulled off enough scams to buy himself a second-hand car, rent an apartment and renovate his mother’s house.

He was a master of disguise. A charlatan that had enough charisma to sell feathers to a peacock. His secret was keeping things simple. People believed simple lies, simple stories and simple appearances because simple things made sense.

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