Limón soccer club president linked to U.S. tax fraud case

Police broke into the home of the president of the Limón soccer team and detained him while he was in his underwear.

The man is Carlos Howden Pascal, said the Poder Judicial. The man is being investigated for suspected money laundering

Prosecutor Guillermo Hernández, who handles economic crimes, said that the man controls 32 properties and 36 vehicles that are part of the investigation. The properties and the cars have been frozen by court order. Agents said they found 23 million colons in the man’s home. That is about $46,000.

Since 2004, agents have been tracking a flow of millions
of dollars from the United States. Agents said they think the money comes from Rodney Morrison, who is known as the cigarette king because he is the source of untaxed tobacco in New York. He has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the tax fraud.

Pascal has spent extended periods in the United States.

A tactical squad broke into the man’s Limón home shortly before 6 a.m. to catch him wearing only his undershorts. Prosecutors are seeking preventative detention for six months. There is a hearing at 9 a.m. today to determine if he will be jailed.

Officials did not explain why it took them seven years to act. Pascal is expected to claim that he is not a party to any crime and that the money was sent to him legitimately for investment.

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