Agents detain lawyers in property fraud cases

Judicial Investigators have detained two lawyers in an investigation of property fraud.

The pair were identified by the last names Navarro and González. There were few details given Thursday after the men were arrested, but the men are believed to be accused of filing fake paperwork that stole the property from rightful owners for purposes of resale.

Costa Rican law protects the rights of innocent third parties, so once a property is stolen and resold, the original owner has a long battle to get it back.

Property transfers here do not require the signature of the owner, just a certification by a notary that the property has been sold. Both lawyers are notaries, a position that requires further study than being a mere lawyer.

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