New money laundering probe involves funds from Venezuela

Money laundering investigators conducted searches Thursday in a case in which agents believe money from Venezuela passed through Costa Rican bank accounts before going elsewhere.

Agents searched the home of a Costa Rican lawyer in Guachipelín de Escazú and his office in Sabana Sur. They also searched a hotel where the Venezuelan stays. There have been no arrests, but agents said the lawyer has been involved in another money laundering investigation.

The money passed though accounts set up by the lawyer in Costa Rica purportedly to purchase products for importation to Venezuela. The most recent purchase was supposed to be for 10 million bars of soap. That involved the attempted payment of $9.7 million that stopped because the funds here were frozen by a bank. Payments in the past have gone to Panamá, Honduras, the United States and China, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that there were much higher payment than the products purchases required.

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