Anonymous tips launched fake document investigation

Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería photo
These are some of the confiscated documents.

The immigration agency said Wednesday that an anonymous tip initiated an investigation into false documents.

The agency, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, also said that the alleged leader of the forgery ring has been jailed for three months preventative detention. He was identified by the last names of Castillo Rojas.

The bulk of the forged documents in the case are residency cédulas and work permits, the agency said. The bulk of the customers were Nicaraguan citizens who were offered the documents outside the La Uruca office of the immigration agency or in the various parks in the city, the agency said.

The Policía Profesional de Migración has been investigating the case since September, the agency said.

The work permits were sold to many persons who began work as bus drivers, said the agency. The forgery ring charged 45,000 colons for a work permit and 65,000 for a cédula, the immigration agency said. That’s from about $90 to $130,

The ring also fabricated driver’s licenses and permits to carry firearms in an apartment in San Sebastián, the agency said.

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