Judicial agents said that they detained three men, including two lawyers, Wednesday in a property fraud case. There are nine victims, agents said. Arrests were made in San José and one in Cartago.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the allegation is that the men engaged in creating legal documents that stripped individuals of their possessions and allowed the properties to be transferred to third parties who either mortgaged them or sold them.
The investigation began in September. In a twist to the usual fraud by notaries and lawyers, agents said that when the victims caught on that they had lost legal possession of their properties, they were presented with fake documents that showed the situation had been cleared up.
Searches took place in 12 locations Wednesday, including La Uruca, Desamparados, Zapote, San José Centro, Escazú, Tibas and Cartago. Other arrests are anticipated.