Thirty-four-year-old Yuri Garcia Dominguez and his wife, 32-year-old Ateeka Ishmael, both of Track A Coldingen, East Coast Demerara (ECD), who are allegedly behind a major Ponzi scheme, fleecing Guyanese of millions of dollars, were slapped with 12 more charges.
They were ordered to post $3.6M bail each. The couple, said to be the Principals of Accelerated Capital Firm Inc (ACFI) company, appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore via Skype at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ 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 $30M from the 12 victims under false pretense.
The couple was jointly charged. They were not required to plead and are expected to make their next court appearance on September 21, 2020.
They are being represented by Attorneys-at-Law Glen Hanoman and Dexter Todd.
Yesterday, the couple was ordered to post $1M bail each. This was after they appeared via Skype before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
According to the charge, between May and July 2020, with intent to commit a felony, they conspired with persons known and unknown to obtain a total sum of over $60M from the 10 persons under false pretence.
Last week, the couple also appeared before two Magistrates and were ordered to post a total of $7.8 million bail. They faced 13 charges of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretense.
The indictable charges alleged that between May and July 2020, the couple obtained a total sum of $24.7M from 13 victims by false pretense. The duo was granted bail in the sum of $3.9M each. The case is adjourned until September 18, 2020.
Meanwhile, on that same day, another six of the charges were read to them via Skype by Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court. The couple was remanded to prison until September 21, 2020.
The company came to the limelight earlier this month when several persons made claims of not receiving their monies.
This triggered a full investigation where it was found that the operation has received hundreds of millions of dollars from thousands of Guyanese.