Runaway lawyers must return to SA and face charges for overcharging clients, fraud: Law Society

24 March 2016 - 15:40 By Staff Reporter
Lady Justice. File photo.
Lady Justice. File photo.
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The Law Society of the Northern Provinces (LSNP) on Thursday expressed its concern that attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff allegedly “absconded” from South Africa and called on them to return.

Anthony Millar‚ president of the LSNP‚ said in a statement that the father and son face “serious charges of overcharging clients and related fraudulent actions”.

He said the LSNP has instituted legal proceedings to have the Bobroffs and their co-director in the law firm Ronald Bobroff & Partners Inc‚ Stephen Bezuidenhout‚ struck from the roll of attorneys.

The law society also asked the court to appoint a curator to the firm to protect the interests of clients. The decision of the high court in Pretoria is pending.

“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.

Meanwhile‚ the Bobroffs have‚ through their attorneys‚ denied that they fled the country unlawfully.

Ulrich Roux‚ of BDK Attorneys‚ said in a statement on Wednesday that Ronald Bobroff‚ his son Darren and Darren’s wife‚ Lisa‚ are in Australia and exited the country lawfully.

He said the Bobroffs have not been charged with any crimes and he has not seen any warrants for their arrest.

Roux said his clients would provide their full co-operation and answer any queries if asked to do so by the police or the National Prosecuting Authority.

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.