Airport immigration agent detained in visa-related scam

An immigration official who worked at Juan Santamaría airport became the fourth person in that agency to face a criminal charge in the last eight months.

He was identified by the last names of Camacho Camacho.

A summary of the crime by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería said he took money from a Costa Rican women on the pretext of obtaining visas to the United States for two family members,

The man was detained Tuesday, but the announcement of the arrest was not made until Friday.
The agency said that Camacho met the woman at the immigration control point at the airport when she was returning from the United States. The agency said he offered to obtain the woman the needed visas in exchange for 300,000 colons, about $600. Later that figure was increased by 100,000 colons or about $200, the agency said.

Finally when the promised visas were not forthcoming, the agency said that Camacho said the money would be returned by the U.S. Embassy. When that did not happen, the woman involved called the immigration department.

Camacho was detained at his workplace at the airport. Another immigration agent was detained there earlier this year, and two more were detained at the southern border.

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