Tax police grab helicopter in dispute over craft’s status

The tax authorities seized a helicopter Wednesday because the government said the owner owed money for keeping the craft in Costa Rica.

The  Policía de Control Fiscal of the Ministerio de Hacienda conducted three raids at the same time and took control of the craft. It was at  Tobías Bolaños airport in Pavas.

The tax police said the craft was worth about $850,000 and that the tax was $150,000.

One raid was at a customs brokerage office in San José where documents connected with the craft were  confiscated.

The Ministerio de Hacienda said that the 2013 model Robinson helicopter had been brought into Costa Rica for a time that  the owners said was temporary. The owners names were not given.

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