The wife of accused Ponzi scheme operator Yuri Garcia Dominguez who is also facing fraud charges was today charged for falsifying a Coronovirus test result.
The woman Ateeka Ishmael appeared in Court today and pleaded not guilty to the charge of falsifying the COVID test result. She is alleged to have provided a false test result to the Court for her and her husband to avoid a recent Court appearance on the other fraud charges.
The Police Prosecutor told the Court that on the 27th of July, the woman conspired with her husband to forge a COVID test result to make it appear that they were both COVID-19 positive.
The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the woman is already facing 150 charges before the Court.
However, the woman’s Attorney Darren Wade insisted that his client has been making regular Court appearances in all of her other Court cases and there was no reason to deny her bail on the current charge.
Bail was granted in the sum of $200,000 and the accused will return to Court on the 10th of September for the continuation of the case.
A few weeks ago, the couple was a no-show in Court to answer 60 additional charges of fraud. At the time, the Court was told that they could not make an appearance because they were both COVID-19 positive.
The Guyana Police did not buy the excuse and carried out its own probe which it said resulted in the COVID-19 test results being determined to be false.