Property theft case affects state power firm

Judicial police detained an Aserrí man Thursday on the allegation that he faked paperwork with two notaries and then sold rights to a right-of-way he did not own to the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

The institute installed power lines through the property.

This took place in 2001, and the Judicial Investigating Organization said that the man received 42 million colons from the state power company known as ICE. That is about $77,500.

The owner of the property in Tarbaca was a woman who was out of the country at the time, judicial agents said. The property was in a corporation, and the man assumed the role of president with the help of the two notaries. Agents said they already had been detained.

Agents allege that he used the same techniques to sell two properties that he did not own in Sarapiquí.

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