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If you get an email with subject “factura electrónica”, careful, it could be a scam

With the age of the “factura electrónica” - electronic invoicing or digital invoice -  in Costa Rica, it has giving rise to a niche in electronic fraud. "Hola. Este pago fue aprobado y enviado esta mañana, por favor confirme los detalles del beneficiario y firme....

How Hugo Chávez’s Former Bodyguard became a Billionaire in Florida

They lived in total opulence while Venezuela plunged into misery. Alejandro Andrade, 54, went from being the bodyguard of former President Hugo Chávez and National Treasurer of Venezuela to becoming a multimillionaire in Florida, until he was arrested by the United States Department of...

Immigration Arrested Owner of Casas Vita, Accused of Fraud, When He Tried To Leave The Country

A real estate developer, identified by his last name Villagra, accused of defrauding at least 150 buyers of the Casas Vita housing project was detained at the Juan Santamaría International (San Jose) Airport this Friday morning when he was about to leave the country. [youtube...

Costa Rica Businessman Pleads Guilty To Stealing USD$2 Million From US Government

A Costa Rica businessman was entrusted to oversee the transfer of millions of dollars of U.S. government funds, but stole the money for his personal use, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Mauricio Andulog Hidalgo, 43, was the president of SafetyPay-Central America and was a...

Padre Minor Returns!

  Padre (Father) Minor, as he likes to be called, though he no longer is an ordained priest of the Catholic church, has returned, ever filled with God spreading his message now on Facebook. In between his serving up meals at his restaurant La Casona de...

Financial Planner Indicted In U.S. For Illegal “Ponzi” Could Be Forced To Forfeit Costa Rican Luxury Home

The founder of VisionQuest, a Raleigh, North Carolina, investment firm, charged with running an illegal “Ponzi” scheme that bilked investors out of nearly US$15 million, could be forced to forfeit his Costa Rican luxury home. Stephen Condon Peters, 44, was indicted by a United States...

U.S. Army Veteran Charged With Defrauding VA To Pay For Sports Bar in Costa Rica

The owner of a sports bar in Costa Rica has been charged with defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by claiming for years he couldn't work because of headaches from a service-related car accident. The Journal Sentinel reports Daniel Kososki, 53, an Army...

The Name Has Changed. So Has Its Function. But The Building Remains The Same.

(QCOSTARICA) The building looks familiar. Located on Avenida Segunda, diagonal to the Teatro Nacional, the building once housed the failed Banco Anglo Costarricense. The Banco Anglo was founded in 1863 with British and Costa Rican capital, as its name implies, and closed after the financial...

Luis Milanes A Free Man, Appeals Court Overturns His Conviction

QCOSTARICA - Luis Milanes, sentenced in December 2015 to 15 years in prison for fraud, related to the closure of Savings Unlimited, in November 2002 and absconding with millions of dollars of investor's money, is a free man. The Cuban businessman was related on Monday...

Costa Rica Examples Of Money Laundering Highlighted In IRS Reports

QCOSTARICA - The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) highlights Costa Rica cases in its annual examples of Money Laundering Investigation reports. "The following examples of Money Laundering Investigations are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where...

TSE Denounces “Nonexistent” or Marriages of Convenience Every Other Day

(qCOSTARICA) Faced with complaints of "nonexistent" or "marriages of convenience" every other day, the Civil Registry (Registro Civil), under the control of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE), is creating an investigative unit to delve into such marriages. According to the Dirección del Registro Civil...

OIJ Arrest Eight In Fraud Against The State Telecom, ICE

(QCOSTARICA) Eight people were arrested Wednesday by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) for  computer fraud  and conspiracy to the detriment of the state telecom, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), of more than ¢105 million colones. The arrested were a couple identified by their...

Careful For “Deals” On Garden Plants

QCOSTARICA - Through the social networks, a group of residents in Tibas and Moravia, on the north side of San José are a warning of a scam that cost lots of money. It is not unusual in Costa Rica to see a small truck or...

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