Owner of Ferndale estate business charged with embezzlement

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published June 6, 2018



FERNDALE — A Center Line man who owned a business in Ferndale was charged with more than a dozen counts of embezzlement by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Ronald Robling, 47, owner of the business R and S Resale, an estate sale company previously located on Hilton Road, was arraigned before Judge Joseph Longo at Ferndale 43rd District Court May 29, as announced in a press release from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

According to the 43rd District Court, Robling was arraigned on 14 counts of embezzlement and one count of conducting a criminal enterprise. Megan Hawthorne, from the Attorney General’s Office, said in an email that complainants reported concerns about the business beginning as early as August 2015.

“Today’s arraignment should serve as a warning to those operating criminal enterprises and stealing from Michigan consumers,” Schuette said in a statement. “Here at the Department of Attorney General, we don’t take theft lightly. If you are unlawfully conducting business or stealing from hardworking Michigan residents, we will take the appropriate action to ensure you don’t have the chance to do it again.”

The press release states that R and S Resale would hold large estate sales in the homes of clients, some of whom were deceased. The business also held smaller estate sales, where the business would remove items from the home and sell them. Robling would receive an agreed-upon percentage of each sale as payment for his services. 

It’s alleged that Robling wasn’t paying clients some of their proceeds, and instead paid his own debts, according to the press release. It’s also alleged that Robling used money from clients at his most recent sales to pay off clients from his earlier sales. 

“It is alleged that (Robling) pocketed more than $60,000 from his clients,” the statement reads.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said the Police Department took two complaints on Robling with a similar fact set to what the Attorney General’s Office is presenting. He said the Attorney General’s Office reached out to Ferndale police about the complaints and added them to its case.

Robling’s next court date is a probable cause conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, June 7. According to the court, Robling’s attorney had not been appointed as of press time.