AFU freezes Bo­broffs’ hid­den bank ac­counts

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THE NA­TIONAL Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity (NPA) re­vealed yes­ter­day the as­set for­fei­ture unit (AFU) had frozen two hid­den bank ac­counts in Is­rael, con­tain­ing about R101 mil­lion, of fugi­tive fraud sus­pects Ron­ald Bo­broff and his son, Dar­ren.

“The huge freez­ing or­der was the re­sult of ex­cel­lent co- op­er­a­tion be­tween both the South African and Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties,” the NPA said.

“The money in the bank ac­counts was ini­tially frozen by the Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties af­ter they be­came sus­pi­cious about trans­ac­tions be­ing con­ducted on the ac­counts by the Bo­broffs.”

The freez­ing or­der was ob­tained in the high court in Pre­to­ria on July 28.

The Bo­broffs, per­sonal in­jury lawyers, fled to Aus­tralia af­ter they ap­peared in the high court in Pre­to­ria when the Law So­ci­ety of the North­ern Prov­inces sought to have them struck from the roll for al­legedly over­charg­ing ac­ci­dent vic­tims who had won awards from the Road Ac­ci­dent Fund by 10%.

They dis­ap­peared ahead of hand­ing them­selves over to the direc­torate for pri­or­ity crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion (the Hawks).

The AFU had ar­gued in court pa­pers the funds in the two bank ac­counts were most prob­a­bly the pro­ceeds of un­law­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The money is cur­rently (be­ing) kept safe in Is­rael un­til the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of for­fei­ture pro­ceed­ings,” the NPA said. – ANA

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