Raids reveal that there is another highway corruption case

Investigative raids revealed the existence of another highway scandal Thursday.

The case is not supposed to be related with the long-running investigation of Ruta 1856, the new roadway along the south side of the Río San Juan in northern Costa Rica.

Agents, directed by the anti-corruption prosecutor, Juan Carlos Cubillo, make four visits Thursday.

One was at a home in San Isidro de Heredia. One was at a business in San Joaquín de Flores. Another was at a lawyer’s office in San Pedro de Montes de Oca. The fourth was at the officers of the Consejo Nacional de Vilida, the road agency.

The Poder Judicial said that the subject of the investigation is an engineer with the last name of Núñez. He worked with the Consejo and had the responsibility of verifying the completion of contracts related to maintenance of the nation’s road network, said the Poder Judicial.

At the Consejo agents gathered documents from several departments.

The allegation that generated the probe is that Núñez used his former job to benefit a company related to his family and for another engineer named González, said the Poder Judicial.

The company involved was incorrectly listed in a registry of firms eligible to obtain road maintenance contracts, according to the allegation, the Poder Judicial said.

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