A notary from Heredia has been linked to a scene to cheat owners of their properties.
The man, identified by the last name of Picado was detained Thursday morning when judicial agents visited his home in La Aurora de Heredia. The Poder Judicial said that he was linked to five cases in which fake documents were files showing that the true owners of property had sold them to third parties. The third parties then either resold the properties or mortgaged them.
Costa Rican law protects innocent third parties who might purchase properties for which fake titles are offered.