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Nikki Munitz was charged and convicted of fraud seven years after getting herself clean and bettering her life; she never imagined that prison would be the place where she would learn to be her most authentic self.


South Africa (17 January 2024) – Nikki Munitz went from an award-winning high school student with a determination to impress to becoming a heroin addict, but she faced it all and overcame it. In her recently released memoir “FRAUD” – Nikki’s life is shared in gripping detail, showcasing all that she went through, every moment it went horribly wrong, and her determined rise to be the woman, mother and wife she had always dreamed she could be.

She survived rehab in Noupoort only to fall further down the black hole of addiction, which fueled her need to commit fraud. After finally getting clean and working towards a better future – her past came knocking, and she faced years of jail time. Her memoir “FRAUD”, written by her best friend Elka Cohen, shows how she found her freedom in prison and has become a global expert on self-esteem and addiction.

FRUAD is Nikki’s tale of how she found her life’s direction once she entered prison at Johannesburg’s infamous “Sun City”. She survives prison twice and goes on to find the job she was always meant to find, helping people rebuild their self-esteem.

While her book details her life down a dark path, facing painful life events, it was an inspiring read. In every chapter, you can feel Nikki fighting against her internal struggles to become the woman she is today.

If you are looking for a story that evokes awe, inspiration and a better understanding of overcoming a dark past, this may be the book for you. It was a pager turner we struggled to put down, compelling us to find out what came next in Nikki’s life. Thankfully, Nikki’s life may have started out rough, but she has found her footing and now uses her expertise to help others.

The back of the book

“After matriculating from a top private Jewish school in Joburg, Nikki Munitz finds herself in the clutches of heroin addiction.

She’s sent to Noupoort, a rehab centre in the remote Northern Cape run by a pastor who brandishes a tattoo of Satan. In this hellhole, she meets Jake, the handsome son of a wealthy Afrikaans family.

Lured by the illusion of her happy-ever-after, she marries him – but the façade of her new family soon crumbles. Money is in short supply, so Nikki gets a job at a law firm and starts syphoning money from trust accounts. By the time her R2,5 million fraud is discovered, she has been clean and sober for five years. A gruelling court battle follows, and she is found guilty of 37 counts of fraud.

Fraud is a powerful memoir about the unmasking of the self. It’s the tale of a young Jewish mother who is forced to examine a life of lies and deceit from behind bars, until an unexpected encounter in the grimy prison gives Nikki her wings to fly free.”

Nikki’s memoir FRAUD was published on the 8th of September 2023 and is available as a paperback at all bookstores and an ebook online. For more about “FRAUD”, take a look at the website here.

Interested in more proudly South African books? You can find more of our book reviews here.

Sources: Good Things Guy / Melinda Ferguson Books
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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