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Interpol on the hunt for Ronald and Darren Bobroff

Father and son have made it onto the list of the world’s most wanted fugitives.

Disgraced and disbarred father and son attorneys Ronald and Darren Bobroff are on a list of the worlds’ most wanted fugitives after Interpol issued Red Notices for their arrest.

The duo were partners in and directors of personal injury law firm Ronald Bobroff & Partners (RBP) in Rosebank, Gauteng. They fled South Africa in 2016 before they could stand trial on charges of fraud and theft. They currently reside in the upmarket Sydney suburb of St Ives in Australia.

The Red Notices were issued back in 2016, but it only emerged this week that they were issued. In response to questions, Interpol said a Red Notice is just posted on the Interpol website if asked by the requesting country.

A Red Notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition. Interpol’s General Secretariat issues it at the request of a member country or an international tribunal based on a valid national arrest warrant. It is not an international arrest warrant.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told Moneyweb that the formal extradition process for the Bobroffs would commence shortly. “We are awaiting the final forensic audit report before we can finalise the charge sheet and start the extradition process,” he says.

The Red Notices state that the Bobroffs are fugitives wanted for prosecution for fraud. The notices read for both individuals: “It is alleged that the suspect committed fraud in that cheques were made out to clients of the firm Ronald Bobroff and Partners Inc as if they were the beneficiaries of said cheques, when said cheques were in actual fact paid into their own or other family member’s bank accounts.”

Read Ronald’s Red Notice here and Darren’s here

The Bobroffs response

Moneyweb sent the Red Notices to the Bobroffs requesting their comment. They responded through their local attorney John Cameron, denying that they had defrauded anyone. Cameron said the [issuing of the] Interpol Red Notices “constitutes an abuse of the process of law” and that “the facts upon which Interpol issued the Notices are not only extremely vague but are lacking in substantiation and factual content”.

He added that this journalist “should always be suspicious of the fact that an institution of State, the National Prosecuting Authority, has scant facts upon which it relies upon when contending for the existence of fraud and no doubt it was this institution that requested Interpol to issue the Notices”.

Cameron further invited Moneyweb “to indicate exactly who was defrauded, when they were defrauded and the extent (in monetary terms) of the frauds arising from the cheques that were allegedly issued, and which are referred to in the Notices”.

Read the Bobroffs’ Response here.

Darren Bobroff cashed Filipe Pombo’s cheque

The notices probably refer to a case related to one of the Bobroff’s former clients, Filipe Pombo. He was referred to in a 136-page audit report submitted by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces in an application to the Pretoria High Court to have the Bobroffs struck from the roll of attorneys.

Read: Law Society files damning audit report against the Bobroffs

A cheque in the amount of R115 599 was made out to Pombo as part settlement of a Road Accident Fund payout. However, this cheque was not paid out to Pombo; it was paid into the personal bank account of Darren Bobroff.

Ronald Bobroff wants to become a solicitor in Australia

It has also emerged that Ronald Bobroff obtained a fulsome testimonial from New South Wales (NSW) barrister and law professor Peter Cashman, intending to rejoin the Australian legal profession.

Cashman says he believes Ronald Bobroff to be “a person of integrity and passion with regard to the interest of victims of all forms of personal injury and medical negligence, and a lawyer who has devoted most of his professional life to serving the South African attorneys’ profession”.

He also opines that Ronald, notwithstanding his striking off of the Roll of Attorneys in South Africa, will be “a valuable member of the [Australian] solicitors’ profession … ”

Read Peter Cashman’s testimonial here.

Cashman said in response to Moneyweb questions that he is not “at liberty to discuss the matter” and referred the enquiry to Ronald Bobroff.

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“a person of integrity and passion with regard to the interest of victims of all forms of personal injury and medical negligence, and a lawyer who has devoted most of his professional life to serving the South African attorneys’ profession”.

Really???? Wow and we did not know this.

Agree

Well, this is probably progress – as defined by NPA.

Bobroff and Son – the lovely people would not leave the safe haven for Criminals called Australia – – – and if AUS is so stupid to accommodate criminals from SA, they should suffer if a criminal enters the legal profession.
Cashman seems to be a loyal supporter – good for the Bobroffs – they have their friends and from what I am told they are quite celebrities in their local ‘church’ – A-lister’s for dinner parties telling the bad stories about SA so that all those holed up there can find vindication for running away from SA.
Carry on – – regardless of the history……

Thanks Tony for the information.

Most wanted fugitives? Hardly.

What about the Guptas?

Based on this, the Guptas extradition should be finalized in 2066 or so, whereafter their 12 year criminal trial can commence in SA. Commercial crime pays.

I expect that Interpol know where these lovely people are, or have they left Australia? And what about the Guptas? Just why does South Africa’s justice system take so long to get any resolve? It is as though it is designed to allow the alleged perpetrators to get away with their deed and the loot.

No comment re the Bobroffs.

But let’s analyse for a moment the verbiage concocted by the NPA (that bastion of integrity, incorruptibility, and the highest legal acumen) for purposes of the Interpol Red Notice:
“It is alleged that the suspect committed fraud in that cheques were made out to clients of the firm Ronald Bobroff and Partners Inc as if they were the beneficiaries of said cheques, when said cheques were in actual fact paid into their own or other family member’s bank accounts.”

Say what?

Is the NPA perhaps trying to say the following:
It is alleged that the suspect committed fraud in that cheques made out to clients of the firm Ronald Bobroff and Partners Inc were paid into his own or other family members’ bank accounts, as if he or the family members were the beneficiaries of said cheques.

Many have the same reaction.

This is the administration that went to great pains — perjury and contempt of court — to spring the genocidal child rapist Omar al Bashir.

Multi award winning journo Tony Beamish exposes these rogues in full 4D glory; deceitful, dishonest, defamatory, delusional. Ronald and Darren remain convinced that their downfall was a sinister plot orchestrated by SA’s largest healthcare scheme. Of course it doesn’t occur to them that all of their woes are simply the result of their own actions which saw them ripping off clients and SARS and laundering the blood money from their ill-gotten gains.

With a mountain of adverse court rulings against their former firm RBP, Ronald Bobroff’s sequestration, the confiscation of R101 million in funds from an Israeli bank account and the GDP of a smallish emerging nation in legal fees, the Bobroff’s are by all accounts still living large and luxuriously in St Ives. Whilst Ronald plays the lack-of-funds card to avoid honouring some of his obligations in SA, he still manages to fill the tank of the new Mercedes S Class he drives in Sydney.

Darren Bobroff’s Twitter account which boldly bills him as a South African lawyer, despite his striking from the roll of attorneys some while back, is a minefield of defamation punctuated by the prodigious use of emojis. Based on his tweets he appears to be the inhabitant of an imaginary court of law where everyone responsible for bringing him down or thwarting his ambitions is successfully prosecuted.

While ripping off hapless former MVA clients is no laughing matter, the Bobroff duo are an exaggerated joke with a punch line that continues to be authored by their scurrilous claims and refusal to own their actions

The Australia South Africa extradition agreement was promulgated in 2001 but has never been ratified by SA parliament. So, they can only be arrested if they travel to a country with a valid mutual agreement.(that’s how the FM of tigon got arrested on a sneaky trip to NY from Australia), USA customs nabbed him) Granted, special agreements can be made, but in Australian law there are some 3o exclusions, among them persecution. You can read them under the 2001 Promulgation.

Does Interpol hold sovereigns, like Austrailia, in contempt, if they don’t turn over these criminals?

They (Bobroffs) are so pure and innocent I would not be surprised if they are close friends of Jacob Zuma.

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