Five held as suspects in scam involving state insurance company

Five persons, two men and three women, have been detained on allegations that they have been defrauding the Instituto Nacional de Seguros. All are employees of the government insurance company and worked in Heredia.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said the insurance firm was alerted by bank workers because of continuous deposits of significant sums into one account.Judicial agents said that the individuals are accused of activating old automobile insurance claims and diverting the settlement money to their own use.

The amount involved may be as much as 200 million colons, about $400,000.

Agents searched locations in Heredia Centro and San Francisco and San Pedro de Barva as well as other offices of the insurance firm.

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