For a third Court day, husband and wife Yuri Garcia and Ateeka Ishmael found themselves facing fresh conspiracy to commit felony charges related to their operation of the Accelerated Financial Capital company.
Today the couple faced 12 new charges. On Monday they were slapped with 10 charges. Last Thursday, they were charged in two different courts with 19 charges that are all related to conspiracy to commit a felony.
Attorney Dexter Todd told News Source that he is now very concerned about the actions of the Police in the handling of the matter, since there may be attempts to frustrate moves to the High Court to seek bail for the couple.
Of the three times the Couple appeared in Court, they were granted bail twice, but because of the first denial of bail, they have remained on remand since their first Court appearance.
The pair is expected back in Court tomorrow to face 12 more charges and their Attorney now believes the Police Force is being deliberate in its actions to file the charges separately on different days.
According to Mr. Todd, “the Police know to themselves the nature of the matter that they are investigating even though we have always maintained that these are private matters and should not be entertained before a criminal Court. What they are doing and I believe its a tactic, in which they are separating the matters and they are deciding when to bring the matters. So as soon as they hear bail is granted in a Court, the following day they want matters to go before the Court so they can present a certain narrative to the Magistrate and as soon as bail is granted there, they hold and its another day”.
The two were arrested two weeks ago after the Attorney General Anil Nandlall announced the launch of a multi-agency investigation into allegations that several persons were allegedly defrauded of millions of dollars after investing in the company, expecting hefty returns.
Attorney Todd told News Source that the way the matter is being investigated and handled by the Police could best be described as strange and he is not the only Attorney who is worried.
“I am seeing the strangest of operations now by the Police Force and it is beginning to bring some form of worry with many lawyers. It is strange that you don’t conduct a proper investigation and wait until the matters are at least presentable enough to take them to Court and just then take the matter to the Court so when the couple goes to Court, they will know that these are the allegations against them. They are hiding under the umbrella that people are coming in daily but that’s not true. They have had those reports and those statements for quite some time, but they are deliberately spacing out the matters so that they can present a narrative. Because if they can say to the Court that there are pending matters, and they are likely to bring other matters the following day or two days, then that in itself acts as a condition for which the Magistrate can refuse to grant bail. It is really an abuse of process and I am very surprised”, Todd said.
While the Attorney General Anil Nandlall has leveled allegations that the financial transactions by the company are part of a Ponzi scheme, the couple who owns the company has denied that claim, and they have indicated that they are willing to reimburse those who invested in the company.