Following statements by the Attorney General that the couple accused of being involved in a ponzi scheme would now be facing money-laundering investigations, the Attorney for the couple Yuri Garcia-Dominguez and Ateeka Ishmael is now accusing the Government of painting a false narrative about the pair and the investigations.
Attorney Dexter Todd told reporters this afternoon that his clients have been cooperating with the investigators even as they remain in custody.
Todd said he is disappointed in many of the statements that were made by the Attorney General and many of the statements were false.
“Those pronouncements made by the learned Attorney General were definitely not accurate and it does not reflect what was happening between the interaction with the police and our client. We want to say very clearly that to the best of our knowledge and of course, we represent the voice of our client, there has been no Bank account given to our client, no information of bank account”, Todd said.
In response to the Attorney General’s claim that the accused was provided with a computer to conduct transactions to ensure people get their money back, Attorney Todd said that too is false.
“There has never been any opportunity in which my client had to use a computer or a phone at the prison, the last time I checked and I confirm this with most of the officers, those items are still prohibited items in the prisons”, Todd said.
He said at the CID headquarters, his client was provided with a computer to begin transactions, but was unable to do so.
The Attorney said he remains disappointed in the pronouncements by officials which give the impression that his client has not been cooperating.
“We were sure of the narrative that the state wanted to create. They wanted to create the environment or to give the perception that they were making attempts for monies to come back and that my client was being taken to CID Office and that he was refusing to cooperate” Todd explained
The Government of Guyana through the Attorney General has explained that a task force will be set up to further probe the company at the centre of the ponzi scheme allegations.
Attorney Dexter Todd said he is prepared to challenge any new charges that may be laid against his client.
The couple has repeatedly through their Attorney declared their innocence.