Former lawmaker finally surrenders in San Carlos

The Poder Judicial confirmed Monday that former lawmaker Rigoberto Abarca had surrendered to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The former lawmaker faces five years on a charge of embezzlement. The case involves the use of public funds in the purchase of property.

Abarca made the news because when the Sala III confirmed that he would be going to prison, he was in Nicaragua. He reported that he had business there. Costa Rican officials put out an international arrest warrant for him.

The Sala III changed the charge from misuse of public funds to embezzlement. The appeals court had the power to do this based on the evidence.

The Poder Judicial said that Abarca showed up at the offices of judicial investigators in San Carlos with family members and a lawyer. The original case was in the Tribunal de Juicio de San Carlos

Abarca served as a lawmaker for the Partido Unidad Socialcristiana from 1998 to 2002 during the administration of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría.

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