Traffic policeman faces extortion allegation

A 49-year-old traffic policeman is facing an allegation that he tried to extort money from bus company operators in San Vito, Coto Brus. The man, identified by the Poder Judicial by the last names of Hernández Masís has worked at the job for 15 years.

The Poder Judicial said that the traffic officer noticed that some buses did not have the proper paperwork, so he demanded 200,000 colons a month, about $400. That sum was reduced to 50,000 colons, about $100. The bus operators immediately reported the extortion demand to judicial officials, agents said, and the man was detained after receiving the money.

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