Ponzi scheme: Cuban national, wife now face 66 charges
Cuban national Yuri Garcia Dominguez and his wife Ateeka Ishmael, who are currently before the court for several charges in relation to allegedly swindling millions of dollars from Guyanese in a major Ponzi scheme, were on Monday slapped with 14 more charges bringing the total number of charges filed so far to 66.
Dominguez, 34 and Ishmael, 32, of Track ‘A’ Coldingen, East Coast Demerara (ECD) are associated with Accelerated Capital Firm Inc. and appeared via Skype before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.
Particulars of the charges alleged that between May and July 2020 with intent to commit a felony, the couple conspired with persons known and unknown to obtain a total sum of over $9M from the 14 victims under false pretence.
The couple was charged jointly and they were not required to plead to the charges; they were represented by Attorneys-at-law Glen Hanoman and Dexter Todd.
The duo was released on $800,000 bail each and the case was adjourned until November 7.
Last week, the couple made several appearances before Magistrate in the Georgetown and East Coast Magisterial Districts.
Last Wednesday, the couple appeared before City Magistrate Dylon Bess for swindling over $75M from 11 victims under similar circumstances.
The couple was released on $3.3M bail each and the case was adjourned until September 77.
They also appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Sparandaam Magistrate’s Court on 12 similar charges on September 1, 2020.
In that case, the couple is accused of swindling over $30M from the 12 victims under false pretence.
The couple was charged jointly and was not required to plead to the charges; they were released on $3.6M bail each and the case was adjourned until September 21.
Additionally, the couple also has 10 pending charges before City Magistrate Leron Daly.
The couple is accused of obtaining a total sum of over $60M from the 10 victims under false pretence.
They pleaded not guilty and was released on $1M bail each and the case was adjourned until October 5, 2020.
Additionally, the couple was granted $3.9 million bail for 13 charges at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court,
The first set of 13 charges were read by Magistrate Marissa Mittelholzer and the particulars alleged that between May and July 2020, the couple obtained a total sum of $24.7M from the 13 victims under false pretence.
Bail was granted in the sum of $3.9M and this case is adjourned to September 18, 2020.
Meanwhile, six similar charges were read via Skype by Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Court and alleged that they obtained over $1M from the victims under false pretence.
For these charges, they were remanded to prison until September 21, 2020.