Administration in Turrialba under investigation for trips

Municipal officials in Turrialba are suspects in an investigation or misuse of public funds, according to the Ministerio Público.

The ministry’s investigators said that between February 2011 and June 2012 they believe officials charged the local government for travel payments on trips where no official work was conducted. The Contraloría General de la República, which is the government’s accountability office, estimates that the Turrialba officials took about 20 trips in all.

A Ministerio Público press representative said the four suspects include Turrialba’s mayor, María Montoya Piedra, and its municipal president, Arturo Rodríguez Morales.

The state prosecutor in Turrialba conducted a raid on the municipality office up until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday to find any pertinent evidence like checkbooks or general registers. No charges have been made, and the case is pending in the Juzgado Penal de Hacienda.

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