Four men who engaged in a fraud involving homes for the poor have lost their appeal to the Sala III of the Corte Suprema.
Three of the men, two brothers with the last name of Arrieta Torres and a builder with the last names of Solano Castillo, face eight years in prison.
The brothers are engineers.
A fourth man, Mora Cordero, was an employee of the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social. He faces a six-year term, said the Poder Judicial.
The men promised the poor new homes in La Fila del Rosario de Aserrí and then found financing via the Instituto Mixto and Mutual de Cartago. Mora certified that the land was appropriate for building, and Mutual made a loan, said the Poder Judicial.
The new homes never were built. The case stems from 2000 and 2001.