Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) raided three homes and an office in Escazú Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into a million-dollar fraud and money laundering scheme that targeted people living in the United States, according to a statement from OIJ.
Suspects allegedly called people living in the U.S. to convince them they had won prizes and could collect after depositing U.S. dollars in a Costa Rican bank account. Once they defrauded the victims, the suspects then allegedly laundered the money through two legitimate businesses, a spa and tattoo parlor.
Authorities discovered a makeshift call center in one of the homes, along with three pistols, an AR-15 rifle and $24,000 in cash.
Police arrested two suspects.