Former Caja chief, twice convicted, will be back in court

The former executive president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social is going on trial again.

The man is Eliseo Vargas García, who was a co-defendant with Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier in a kickback trial involving hospital equipment. He got five years. Then he got two years last week as a co-defendant with former president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez. Both convictions are under appeal. Friday the Juzgado Penal de Hacienda ordered to trial a third series of allegations against Vargas and an associate with the last names of Soto Pacheco.

Prosecutors allege that Vargas named Soto as an advisor but the man never worked between 2002 and 2004 but received a salary from public funds anyway, according to the Poder Judicial.

The session Friday was a preliminary hearing to determine if a full trial was warranted.

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