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.
The Health Ministry's alert about sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide echoes an April warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The scheme, operated from a Costa Rica call center, defrauded primarily elderly U.S. citizens of approximately $11 million.
“These sentences should serve as a strong deterrent to anyone seeking to enrich themselves by taking part in similar scams.”
The OIJ reported that U.S. officials filed extradition requests for all the suspects in order to take them to North Carolina.
The BCCR is asking people to “touch, watch and turn” the bills to look for the security measures that show a bill is not a counterfeit.
Police said the group was connected to at least six cases of fraud involving corporations and individuals in Costa Rica, Panama, the U.S. and Europe.
According to police, the four suspects – two men and two women – learned that the victim, Brian Lynn Hogue, had several properties in Paquera, Puntarenas, listed under an anonymous corporation and allegedly conspired to commit identity fraud to gain control of the corporation.
U.S. cardholders started to see unauthorized purchases on their credit cards from stores in Costa Rica even though they hand never been here before.
Costa Rica National Police launched a holiday season security operation on Friday to safeguard residents who will be collecting or spending money in the coming weeks.
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