Searches made at anti-poverty agencies

Prosecutors and investigators conducted searches at two of the nation’s anti-poverty agencies Wednesday as part of a probe into trafficking of influence.

The Poder Judicial said that both the Instituto Nacional de Vivienda y Urbanismo and the Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda were searched in an effort that took most of the day. The institute is on Avenida 9 in Barrio Amón, San José, and the bank is in San Pedro.

The Poder Judicial said that four persons had complained that they were on the list for housing but that persons connected with the government agencies got the dwellings instead.

The goal of both agencies is to eliminate substandard housing and poverty.

The institute creates housing projects and the bank finances the person who moves there from substandard slum conditions.

The projects involved are Villa Paola and Radial 2 in Guararí, Heredia.

There have been newspaper revelations that relatives of persons employed at the institute obtained some of the subsidized housing for use as rentals. There have been no arrests, the Poder Judicial said.

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