Two notaries face justice in case of fake paperwork

Anti-fraud agents have detained two notaries on allegations that they participated in creating false documents to transfer property.

The suspects have not yet been named officially, but one is a 60-year-old Desamparados man and the other is 49 and from Cartago.

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization are looking into eight separate acts, the agency said.

In Costa Rica notaries are used to effect the transfer of properties, including vehicles and real estate. The owner’s signature is not required.

The allegations in this case is that the men created notary documents transferring properties to a third party. The real owners only found out when they had business at the Registro Nacional.

This is a common type of crime in Costa Rica where notaries, who are graduate lawyers, carry a lot of power

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