Auto import fraud alleged against Heredia businessman

Prosecutors in Heredia have sought preventative detention against a body and paint shop owner who is accused of taking money on the pretext of importing vehicles for customers.

The Poder Judicial said that the man is the recipient of 12 complaints by individuals who gave him money with the belief that he would import vehicles from the United States. The amount involved is 61 million colons or about $122,000.

The man, who has the last name of Ramírez Bolaños, was detained at his Heredia home Monday, is accused of visiting a firm in Esparza on the pretext of importing vehicles for it.

He also is accused of accepting money for the same reason from customers of his paint and body shop. One car that was delivered  was damaged and did not resemble the description of the vehicle the customer sought, said the Poder Judicial.

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