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San José, Costa Rica            Published Thursday,  March 15, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.315

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Banco Popular raided over apparent negligence
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Raids were carried out by the Public Prosecutor's Office and Judicial Investigation Organization at Banco Popular's headquarters Wednesday to  arrest two more suspects involved in the alleged illegal import of Chinese cement.

At about 8:30 a.m., several police agents and prosecutors from the Public Ministry arrived at the bank to confiscate documents and computers that could provide evidence for the case.

The prosecution is investigating a $5 million loan granted to Juan Carlos Bolaños Rojas, an entrepreneur and importer of Chinese cement.

That loan from Banco Popular was granted under risky conditions.

Among the four people arrested so far, two are former employees of Sinocem Costa Rica, a company owned by Bolaños, and two are bank managers. All of them live in Grecia de Alajuela, the place of origin of Bolaños Rojas.

Among those investigated are a banking official surnamed Gómez Barrantes, who was allegedly accused of selling Chinese cement, another official of the bank named Bogantes Brenes, a third employee of the bank identified as Delgado Negrini and a fourth official with surnames Alpízar Caballero.

The investigations have to do with documentation linked to the processing of the credit line..

The Office of the Prosecutor has been investigating a complaint against Banco Popular for a loan granted to Bolaños for the importation of Chinese cement under risky conditions since last year.

According to the complaint, the payment term expired and the bank wanted to collect the guarantee, but while the loan was for $5 million, the guarantee was a property valued at $2.5 million, which did not cover even half of the debt.

At the time that the complaint was heard, a reaction was requested from the bank but officials there said that because it was the private information of a client, they were unable to assist.


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Police arrived at the Banco Popular facilities around 8:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Banco Popular had committed several irregularities when granting  credit, including:

- that the credit of ¢2.75 billion was given in order to import Chinese cement, but it was used for other purposes.

- that a property that only covered half the money borrowed was received as collateral.
 
- that the bank turned over all the money without confirming that the cement was being imported.

- that the client did not repay the loan, and therefore the bank tried to auction off the property last March 29, but nobody acquired the property since it is not worth the ¢2.75 billion that the bank sought to recover.

One of the Banco Popular officials who was arrested Wednesday is being investigated for selling Chinese cement.

Internal auditors of the bank opened an investigation against the employee because he was directly connected to the granting of the loan to Bolaños and, at the same time, managed a company that sold the Chinese cement


David J. Patey quits as president of

Club Sport Herediano soccer team


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

U.S. citizen-businessman David Patey announced his resignation Wednesday night as president of the Club Sport Herediano on his Facebook page. He had held the post since April 2013.

Patey wrote on his Facebook profile:

"My concern for my family and their well-being is certainly my priority," said Patey. "I know who I am. I have a clean conscience. I feel bad this week for having taken so much space on the networks and the national press. I'm a guest in this beautiful country, and I do not want to be a distraction. It's not fair. For that reason, I have given up my position at the Herediano. It's been a very difficult week for us. I hope you understand me, but you know that. I know it's the evidence in life that will make us stronger !!!"

At a press conference Monday, Patey confirmed he was under investigation for drug trafficking and money laundering, along with the American Scott Brannon, who is also a stockholder in the team. Patey denied the charges. He explained that the investigations against him for both crimes began in April 2016.

Patey said that during the development of the investigation Attorney General Emilia Navas has contradicted herself while dealing with the media.

The American business man broke into tears at the press conference after saying the investigation changed his life and changed the way people look at him.

"Yesterday I was greeted with pity. People see me and turn their backs on me. They see me with pity," he said, crying.


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Patey became very popular among Costa Ricans for saving an almost broke team and also the almost native use of Spanish

Patey also denounced agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization, saying that they tried to sell his judicial file weeks ago.

"They brought forward an accusation about me that was not grounded in facts. If they do not have it, they should not say it."

"I have no problem with an investigation, I want only one thing. If you are going to judge me for something, do it in the courts of this country, in the Office of the Prosecutor," Patey added.

Click here to read the story published March 13, 2018: U.S. businessman David J. Patey denies his involvement in money laundering scheme.



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 Transportation through the airport will be suspended today

By AM Costa Rica staff

In order to speed up the process of road changes, improvements, extensions and construction of a new loop at the junction of the Juan Santamaría Airport, the vehicle crossing from the National Institute of Housing and Urban Development Las Cañas development to San José will be suspended today.

The passage will be temporarily closed in the turn lane adjacent to the El Agricultor Park, where works are currently underway to expand the turning radius and provide greater traffic capacity.

The minister of Public Works and Transport, German Valverde, said that the closure will begin at 8 a.m. so that workers can begin the expansion of the roads, remove the pipes from the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery and eliminate traffic lights that won't be necessary due to changes in the intersection.

Valverde said it is necessary to carry out the closure to be able to complete the work of extension of the El Agricultor Park, which will allow those coming from Rio Segundo and the National Institute of Housing and Urban Development Las Cañas development to go west, either because they are headed west or because they are going to the airport.


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The road closures will start at 8 a.m.

In addition to this, the transit to San José will be completely eliminated as of tomorrow. For this reason, people coming from Alajuela will have to travel on the radial to take Route 1, General Cañas if they go to San José and Bernardo Soto if they go to the West.

It is estimated that all work will be ready by mid-April.


Poás Volcano will remain closed during Holy Week

By AM Costa Rica staff

There will be a delay in the reopening of Poás Volcano National Park, which was originally scheduled to open for Holy Week due to a delay in meeting the requirements set by the National Emergency Commission. These include such as building shelters and training personnel.

The decision was confirmed by the director of the Central Region of the National System of Conservation Areas, Rafael Gutiérrez, who explained that there is still no specific reopening date, although he projected that it could be in May.

"We have to do the hiring process for the construction of the shelters, order the purchase of gas measuring devices and design security measures. Plus we have training for guides, people from the area and SINAC staff that is scheduled between April 17 and May 9. Before doing all that we cannot open," said Gutiérrez, using the Spanish acronym for the conservation agency.

The construction of the shelters is divided into two parts and takes into account experiences and recommendations from Iceland, Italy and Japan whose volcanoes are active.

"One will be close to the crater, and the other will be located on the path between the entrance and crater. In a second phase, other shelters can also be built," he explained.

In order to comply with these requirements, plus the clearing and revamping of places destroyed by rocks launched from the volcano, the conservation agency needs close to ¢50 million, which it has obtained from donations and by making adjustments to its budget.

In February, the conservation agency got the approval by the Technical Advisory Committee on Volcanology and Seismology to allow the entry of visitors to the area, after it was banned in April 2017 due to the large number of eruptions and ash fall.

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Poás volcano crater, shown before the 2017 eruptions.

When the national park reopens to the public, entrance will be restricted to groups of 50 visitors every 30 minutes. Visitors will need to make their reservations in advance, the official said.

"We are going to initiate a process of telephone reservations at numbers that we will provide later and in a second phase the idea is to allow reservations online," said Gutiérrez.

The Poás Volcano National Park, which was the second most visited park in the country behind Manuel Antonio, has been closed since April 2017 when the volcano erupted.






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New app helps people have more sustainable homes

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The software company specialized in sustainability, Susty, along with the savings and credit cooperative COOPESERVIDORES, will carry out an environmental commitment to Costa Rican homes.

Both organizations came together to create the Hogar Azul web application, a platform specialized in registering, free of charge, the environmental indicators of households.

Oscar Hidalgo, general manager of COOPESERVIDORES, said this application is a free platform that solves one of the main needs of those who wish to manage the environmental performance of their homes: the difficulty to take control of the different indicators, to compare them month by month and carry out actions aimed at reducing environmental impact.

The Hogar Azul web application is closely aligned with the sustainable homes category of the Ecological Blue Flag program. The people who use the application can convert, automatically, their annual indicators into a report to opt for an award.

According to Julian Trussart, CEO of Susty, the web application is designed to help people systematically keep records of variables such as: water consumption, electricity consumption, traditional waste generation, recyclable waste management, as well as the realization of good practices to reduce the ecological footprint.

"Susty's vision in developing Hogar Azul is to democratize sustainability, meaning that any large or small company can have access to tools that allow them to measure, manage and report sustainability independently, easily and quickly, at an affordable cost," said Trussart.


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According to COOPESERVIDORES, this application will facilitate the work of organizations that participate in the Blue Flag Climate Change category, and that, in turn, will promote the participation of their collaborators in the category of sustainable homes, with the possibility of obtaining a green star for their measures.

The application can be accessed for free at www.hogarazul.susty.org. If users register before April 30, they are automatically enrolled in the sustainable homes program, and so they can opt for the award.

In addition, COOPESERVIDORES and Susty will raffle four folding Wild Brand bicycles among people who register before April 30. 200 environmental kits will also be delivered, including a reusable tarpaulin bag and an LED bulb, as well as Florex and Sunrise products.



President Solis signs new law against
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By A.M Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera Wednesday morning signed a law against nepotism in the legislative assembly, which prohibits legislators from naming relatives to positions within the institution.

This new law reforms Article 49 of the Law of Staff of the Legislative Assembly, Law No. 4556.

A paragraph is added and it says that the staff cannot be linked by kinship of consanguinity or affinity in direct line or collateral up to second degree with any of the legislators of the political faction for which the person was hired.

Solís showed his satisfaction with this new law and said that it is a sign of transparency in public affairs.

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Authorities arrest German citizen accused
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday Costa Rican authorities arrested a German man named Unmuth and three other persons on the allegations that they made up a gang that was engaged in using postal services to import methamphetamines and export cocaine.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement that a criminal group "imported methamphetamine crystals and exported cocaine, a crime they committed by using different postal systems."

"The investigation also revealed that drugs were sold in the domestic market, including nightclubs in the Costa Rican metropolitan areas, while cocaine was sold in international markets," the source added.

Three Costa Ricans were also arrested, along with the 37-year-old German, during a series of raids carried out in two neighborhoods of San José and one in Atenas in the province of Alajuela.

The Costa Rican detainees are surnamed Víquez, 37, alleged to be in charge of recruiting members, Méndez, 20, and Gómez, 27, who is accused of picking up packages with drugs and carrying out other logistics tasks. All are suspected of international drug trafficking, a crime that in Costa Rica is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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The suspects may face up to 20 years in prison.

The Ministry of Security explained that this case has been investigated since February 16, 2017, when the Drug Control Police seized 1,061 grams of cocaine hidden in a postal shipment which was bound for Sydney, Australia.

In Tuesday's raids, authorities seized five doses of cocaine, three marijuana busts, 76 doses of marijuana, 520 doses of methamphetamine, seven doses of LSD and one 50-milliliter bottle of ketamine. They also confiscated $771, 599,000 colones (about $1,100) in cash, 28 bullets and two vehicles.


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Diarrhea outbreak in Jacó was caused by polluted water


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Water contaminated with bacteria caused more than 900 people to be affected by an outbreak of diarrhea in the canton of Garabito, Puntarenas, last week, according to the Ministry of Health.

The initial samples that were taken in different pipelines that supply the communal systems or ASADAS, Administrators of Aqueduct and Sanitary Sewer Systems, tested positive for E. coli bacterium, and the microorganisms Shigella and Norovirus.

"Yes, it was the water, and tests indicated that there was fecal contamination in some wells, but everything possible was done to eliminate the bacteria,” said the director of health surveillance of the ministry, Daniel Salas.

On March 8 the Costa Rican Social Security Fund called for extreme hygienic measures in the area, since its medical services reported at least 800 cases. Since then, 100 more cases have been reported.

The expert said that the most recent samples show that Garabito's water is no longer contaminated.

Among the most affected places are Quebrada Ganado, Quebrada Amarilla, Tárcoles, Jacó and Herradura, areas with a large number of visitors during the holiday season.


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The water was properly treated and it is fit for human consumption, according to health authorities.


Different groups of workers from the Social Security Fund went to the communities of the area with primary care technicians along with epidemiologists and explained to the population the hygienic measures they should take, mainly washing hands with soap and water.

The bacteria that contaminated the water in Garabito causes severe abdominal pain, intense diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, mild fever and in some cases, hemorrhage.


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Prowling crocodile caught in a Puntarenas town

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers of the National Coast Guard Service captured a crocodile that was prowling near several houses in Jicaral de Lepanto in the central canton of Puntarenas.

The police action took place this morning after several locals met the reptile in their community.

Finding the animal in their area had caused great concern among the neighbors who feared for the safety of their children and pets, which could be attacked by the animal.

An operation was immediately organized in which members of the Environmental Unit of the Coast Guard Station of Caldera and park rangers from the Ministry of Environment and Energy participated.

The two coastguard crew members who were in charge of capturing the crocodile have extensive experience in this type of mission, the agency said, adding that it was necessary to make several maneuvers so as not to be attacked by the animal and not to cause damage to the reptile.

Officers managed to immobilize the creature and move it, with the support of the park rangers, to a mangrove located in Puerto San Pablo de Nandayure, Guanacaste.


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The animal was relocated to Nandayure in the province of Guanacaste.

This is the second incident with crocodiles faced by the authorities of the Ministry of Security so far this year.

At the beginning of January, a female crocodile was relocated by the police because it was a threat to the community of Cuatro Millas in the canton of Matina, Limón.


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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building in La Sabana
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
Contact Jim Holley
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
Call Glenn at (506) 6214-0056
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

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Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

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Fishing Lodge For Sale In Panama. To many assets to
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Income tax advance payment

By Kevin Chavarría

March 28 is the deadline to pay the first income tax advance payment. This should be taking in account in a taxpayer’s monthly cash flow budget. The second payment is in June, and the third payment is in September.

Failing to pay this advance tax generates interests, even if you are planning to pay the full tax amount in December because the law says you have to pay it in advance.

"Succeeding" to pay this income tax advance is a sign of good fiscal planning, and will help you to be up to date with the tax department.

What happens if you think you are going to have loses for this fiscal period? You must send a written request to the Tax Administration before the expiration date of the advance payment asking for the elimination or decrease of the payment if your profit is forecasted to be low.

Example of how this advance payment is calculated:

Income Tax 2017 ¢110,000

Income Tax 2016 ¢100,000

Income Tax 2015 ¢100,000

Total ¢310,000

1. Average for the last three statements: ¢310,000 / 3 = ¢103,333

2. The largest amount is chosen between the last filed statement (¢110,000) and the calculated average (¢103,333).

3. To the amount ¢110,000 is applied to 25 percent, which results in the amount of ¢27,500 that corresponds to the amount of each of the advance payments of the tax for the 2018 period.

a. When the last three fiscal periods have loses, no advance payments are required.

b. When there is only one fiscal period, the partial payments will be calculated by applying 25 percent to the amount of the tax determined in that statement.

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c. When there are only two fiscal periods, we have to calculate the average for the two declarations. The total for the two periods is divided by two. The greater amount is chosen between the last statement presented and the calculated average and 25 percent is applied to have the advance payment.

d. Simplified Tax Regime (Tributación Simplificada) DOES NOT require advance payment.

Where and when is it to be paid?

This tax can be paid online at any bank exactly like paying any utility bill with a NITE or DIMEX, click in the payment services and select "Ministerio de Hacienda" then select “Impuesto de Renta”.

These are the places to pay online or physically:

BAC San José, Bank of Costa Rica, Bank BCT, Davivienda, National Bank, Desifyn Bank, Lafise Bank, Scotiabank, Promerica, Improsa, Cathay, General Bank, Prival Bank, Teledolar, Mutual Alajuela, Servimas, BN Services.



Editor's note: Kevin Chavarria CPA, is a accounting tax adviser based here in Costa Rica. He can be reached at kevin@chavarriacpa.com


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Today's international flights

- Juan Santamaría, San José airport click here
- Daniel Oduber, Guanacaste airport click here

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Foreign English-language Embassies in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
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San José 506 2258 2025

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Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

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Embassy located in Mexico,
Rubén Darío No.55 street, Colonia Polanco , Delegación Miguel Hidalgo CP 110000, México D.F., México
Phone: (0052) 55 1101 2200
Email: australianembassy.mexico@dfat.gov.au
Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica
Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com



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