The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) has called on attorneys who has absconded from the country to return home and face charges laid against them. The society said this while speaking on the alleged disappearance of of attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff from South Africa.
In a statement released by the president of the LSNP Anthony Millar‚ he said in a statement that the father and son faced “serious charges of overcharging clients and related fraudulent actions”.
He said the LSNP has instituted legal proceedings that will have the Bobroffs and their co-director in the law firm Ronald Bobroff & Partners Inc‚ Stephen Bezuidenhout‚ struck from the roll of attorneys.
According to timeslive, the law society urged the court to appoint a curator to the firm to protect the interests of clients.
“The Law Society calls on Mr Ronald Bobroff and Mr Darren Bobroff as senior attorneys to honour their oaths of office and to return to South Africa and to face the charges against them” Millar said.
Bezuidenhout reportedly appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of fraud or alternatively theft for allegedly taking about R225,000 from the law firm in 2009 and paying it into his home loan account. He was reportedly granted bail of R20,000.
Ronald Bobroff’s wife‚ Elaine‚ appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of fraud and money laundering and was released on bail of R50,000. She was reportedly arrested while trying to leave the country.
However, the Bobroffs have through their attorneys‚ denied that they fled the country unlawfully. In a statement released on Wednesday by Ulrich Roux of BDK Attorneys‚ Ronald Bobroff‚ his son Darren and Darren’s wife‚ Lisa left the country lawfully and are currently residing in Australia
The statement also has it that the Bobroffs were yet to be charged with any crimes and he (Roux) has not seen any warrants for their arrest.
Roux further added that his clients are ready to answer any queries cooperatively if asked to do so by the police or the National Prosecuting Authority.