• Costa Rica Real Estate

Costa Rican taxi drivers, language-school workers arrested in fake English diploma scam

March 6, 2015

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on Monday raided a private English-language school in the province of Alajuela accused of issuing fake diplomas to taxi drivers who provide transport services at Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, outside San José.

During the raid, OIJ officers arrested 12 cab drivers and four employees of the language school.

In order to obtain permits to work at the airport, Costa Rica’s Public Transportation Council (CTP) requires taxi drivers to obtain certificates from accredited English-language schools that certify they speak the language at a conversational level. 

According to the OIJ, the targeted school belongs to a foreign owner who allegedly sold diplomas for up to $320 each.

The detained taxi drivers allegedly received their certificates without attending a single lesson.

The OIJ also raided CTP facilities in San José to confiscate all documents related to 100 permits for transport services at the airport that the agency issued last week.

Those permits were issued after last July, when the Public Services Regulatory Authority cancelled a concession granted to private cab company Taxis Unidos, following an investigation into taxis that did not use mandatory taximeters to establish trip rates.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

‘A vision that demonstrates the capacity of Costa Rica’: New law will ban styrofoam
Costa Rica
151 views
Costa Rica
151 views

‘A vision that demonstrates the capacity of Costa Rica’: New law will ban styrofoam

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 17, 2019

Costa Rica's road to decarbonization and improved ecological sustainability took a significant leap forward as the country passed a law…

Wild Wednesday: Cleo’s recovery
Changemakers
71 views
Changemakers
71 views

Wild Wednesday: Cleo’s recovery

The Tico Times - July 17, 2019

Hola. My name is Cleo and I came to Sibu Sanctuary in June of this year. I was approximately 2…

USNS Comfort mission to arrive in Costa Rica this weekend
Costa Rica
1161 views
Costa Rica
1161 views

USNS Comfort mission to arrive in Costa Rica this weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 16, 2019

Costa Rica will receive this weekend the USNS Comfort, a United States Navy hospital ship, as part of the vessel's…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!