Judge accused of keeping bail money

A criminal court judge has been detained in an investigation of embezzlement.

Prosecutors identified the judge by the last name of León, He is assigned to Cañas but the allegations involve actions in Upala when he worked as a criminal court judge there.

He is accused of assessing some 2 million colons (about $3.760) in bail in a criminal case last Oct. 29 and then keeping the money himself, said the Poder Judicial.

In April while he served temporarily as a family judge he ordered a man to pay 320,000 colons in child support and kept that, too, the Poder Judicial alleged. After the woman in the case complained, he eventually gave her the money, prosecutors said.

Investigators conducted searches in Cañas and in Upala Thursday.

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