The security ministry is cracking down on private guard firms that have not paid their monthly payments to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.
In Liberia, Fuerza Pública officers actually detained eight persons who were working as guards at rural properties. The men did not have permission to be guards, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.
Guard permits are handled by the ministry’s Servicios de Seguridad Privada. The ministry said that 111 companies have been removed from the list of approved guard services for their lack of payments to the Caja.
The firm in Liberia for which five Costa Ricans and three Nicaraguans worked owes the Caja 66 million colons or about $132,000.
The Caja is facing rough economic times, and many agencies of the government are moving to bring firms under their jurisdictions into line if they owe money.