Alleged Guggenheim Imposter Makes Bail

Law360, New York (February 14, 2011, 6:34 PM EST) -- A woman alleged to have fraudulently peddled investments by claiming she was a countess with ties to the wealthy Guggenheim family won release on $200,000 bail in a Manhattan federal court Monday.

Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis approved the bail package for 45-year-old Catarina Pietra Toumei in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, naming her parents as financially responsible parties.

Sporting a dark blazer and long bleached-blond hair, Toumei, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., said little during the brief hearing, in...
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