Judicial official convicted of theft

The former secretary general of the Judicial Investigating Organization has been convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking public money.

The announcement comes on the same day that a prison guard has been detained on the allegation he provided inmates with  illicit cell telephones.

The former secretary general is Marlon Schloterhaussen Rojas, who had access to a fund used by judicial agents for investigative purposes. The Poder Judicial said Thursday that a tribunal of the II Circuito Judicial de San José had convicted Schloterhaussen Wednesday afternoon. The allegation was that he took money totaling 3 million colons for his own use.

Judicial agents detained the 42-year-old prison guard at his Puntarenas home. He worked in San Rafael de Alajuela, they said. The man served as a conduit for prisoners who wanted to obtain cell telephones, according to the allegation. Frequently such phones are used for illegal purposes.

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