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In 2020, assaults decreased and fraud increased in Costa Rica

Costa Rica projects to close the year with 80,000 criminal complaints, a lower number than that registered in 2019, which accounted for more than 100,000.

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Tuesday

We hope you're reading this with a delicious Costa Rican coffee or traditional gallo pinto. Here's the Costa Rica (and regional) news you should know on Tuesday, October 27.

Three North Americans receive jail time for Costa Rica-based telemarketing scam

The scheme, operated from a Costa Rica call center, defrauded primarily elderly U.S. citizens of approximately $11 million.

US expats in Costa Rica masterminded massive call center fraud

Call centers are one of the fastest growing sectors of the Costa Rican economy, but this boom industry has a dark side. Costa Rica was home to a massive telemarketing scam that defrauded thousands of U.S. citizens — most over the age of 55 — of upwards of $20 million. Prosecutors in the Western District of North Carolina have convicted 46 defendants from the United States related to the sweepstakes fraud to date.

U.S. DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by cartels

WASHINGTON D.C. — Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents allegedly had "sex parties" with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of...

U.S. DOJ finds widespread racial bias by Ferguson police force

Though the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute officer Darren Wilson, it issued a scathing 102-page report on Wednesday highlighting racial bias in the Ferguson police department and a system of using law enforcement to extract money from African American residents

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