Costa Rican Lawyer Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison for False Marriage Scams

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Criminal Court of the First Judicial Circuit of San José found a lawyer named Salas Guevara guilty of three offenses of falsification. The woman, in her capacity as notary lawyer, made a series of false marriages for Costa Ricans with foreigners so that they could expedite their immigration cases.

    According to the judgment 848-2013, in total about 31 people were charged. The lawyer was sentenced to 50 years in prison. However, she was acquitted of six offenses of falsifying were attributed to her.

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    She was also ordered to pay 1 million colones for each of the listed civilian victims, for a total of 5 million.

    In January 2012, the attorney was convicted of these crimes, but in September of that same year she was released after a technicality in the case, which overturned the conviction.

    However, the case was reopened for trial this year.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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