Lawyer detained in cases of property, vehicle fraud

Judicial agents detained another lawyer Friday on allegations that he faked documents to gain ownership of properties and vehicles.

The 50-year-old man was detained in his home in Aurora de Alajuelita, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that there were 20 complaints against the man over the last nine months.

Agents said that the man is accused of using his position as a notary to fake documents and submitting them to the Registro Nacional where property and vehicle ownerships are kept. He also is accused of using third parties as intermediaries to sell or put loans on  properties or vehicles.

Agents said that the frauds took place in various parts of the country, including Guanacaste. They speculated that the total cases might range as high as 50 when the investigation is completed.

Notaries have great power in creating documents that transfer property and vehicles. The work is questioned only infrequently at the Registro.

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