Eliseo Vargas finally picked up to serve prison term

Eliseo Vargas García was arrested by judicial agents from the Sección de Capturas.

The former executive president of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social faces four years in prison for a charge of embezzlement that was detrimental to a public institution.

The 60-year-old Vargas was outside of a hotel a little before noon Tuesday in La Sabana when agents made the arrest. He was immediately transferred to the Segundo Circuito Judicial of San José where he remained per orders from the criminal court judge. He was convicted of putting an associate on the payroll knowing that the man would not actually be working, just getting paid.

Vargas was a legislature with the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana from 2000 to 2004 under the tenures of two presidents from the same party, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez and Abel Pacheco.

He also was involved in the so-called Fischel case that involved a multi-million dollar loan from the government of Finland to purchase medical equipment made there. Caja workers said the equipment was not needed.

Vargas was not alone being arrested Tuesday. Agents from the Judicial Investigating Organization also detained a 78-year-old man Tuesday who has been sentenced to eight years for sexual abuse of a minor.

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