Fischel case figures pay taxes and penalties to state

Four persons involved in the Fischel case have settled with Costa Rican tax authorities and thereby avoided criminal action.

The payment to the state was 2.1 billion colons in taxes and interest. The amount was calculated by the Ministerio de Hacienda. The years involved are 2003 and 2004. The amount is about $4.2 million.

This is the case that involved Rafael Ángel Calderón Fornier, but he was not involved in the settlement, He has been convicted of embezzlement of public funds in the case but the Sala III has not heard an appeal.

Best known of the four persons who made the settlement is Wálter Reiche Fischel.

Most of the allegations against Calderón come from Reiche, the former pharmaceutical executive who said he paid Calderón a bribe to advance a $39.5 million contract for equipment being supplied by a firm from Finland. The equipment was for hospitals operated by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

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