More firms become involved in Ruta 1856 investigation

The financial scandal over the roadway along the Rio San Juan in northern Costa Rica continues to grow.

The anti-corruption prosecutor’s office directed the search of six more construction companies Monday. These were firms that had not been involved in the investigation earlier and were not the subject of searches and confiscations of financial records.

But the Poder Judicial said that as judicial auditors continued to look into the case, they found that these companies had bills pending with the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the road agency.

The companies are VH Constructora S.A., Movimientos de Tierra y Acarreos ALFRITZ S.A., Constructora Basavi S.A. and Compañía Constructora MONRO S.A., all in various communities of San Carlos and WSP Constructora S.A. in Curridabat and Construtana R&A S.A. in Sarapiquí.

The roadway is Ruta 1856 that was pushed through as an emergency measure to counter the potential threat from Nicaraguans. The project came from direct orders of President Laura Chinchilla, and many of the accounting controls normal for big projects were not applied.

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