Case of wealthy B.C. couple accused of jumping vaccine queue in Yukon put over to June 15

The wealthy Vancouver couple accused of duping their way into getting a COVID-19 vaccine in the Yukon before they were eligible are still waiting to learn their fate.

A lawyer for Rod and Ekaterina Baker appeared on their behalf in a Whitehorse courtroom Tuesday.

The case has now been put over until June 15 where it is expected their lawyer will enter a plea deal.

In January, the Bakers allegedly travelled to the remote community of Beaver Creek in a private plane and misrepresented themselves to get their first doses.

They had reportedly ignored the territory’s 14-day mandatory quarantine rules upon arrival and were eventually fined $575 each and charged under Yukon’s Civil Emergency Measures Act.

Rod Baker also subsequently stepped down as president and chief executive of Great Canadian Gaming.

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The White River First Nation has said the Bakers have never apologized or tried to make amends for endangering the community.

Nothing has been proven in court, but they could serve up to six months in jail if convicted.

The B.C. government has also confirmed the Bakers will not be eligible for the second dose of the vaccine until August.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the couple was due to be sentenced today.

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