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Authorities speculate that the man also sold those documents to international tourists, located both already in Costa Rica and those abroad.
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Suspect jailed for falsifying and selling
fake IDs to international tourists













Published Thursday, March 25, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents from the Judicial Investigation Organization arrested a Costa Rican man, surnamed Vargas-Quiros, on suspicion of falsifying and selling identity documents to international tourists.

According to the Fraud Prosecutor's Office, Vargas was arrested at his home, located in the San Cayetano District, in San Josť Province.

The accusation is based on the allegation that Vargas was falsifying a wide variety of identification documents that seemed to be originally issued by Costa Rican institutions.

Authorities speculate that the man also sold those documents to international tourists, located both already in Costa Rica and those abroad.

The falsified documents sold included passports, driver's licenses, visas and credit cards, authorities said.



"It is presumed that foreigners contacted the accused to obtain passports and take advantage of the fact that Costa Rican credential allows entering a wide list of nations (referring to foreigners) without the need for a visa," the Prosecutor said in its statement.

According to the investigation, Vargas allegedly mailed the ID documents out of the country. The shipping companies were not aware of the illegal activity, the Prosecutor said.

During the raid, the judicial agents seized relevant evidence for the investigation, including two passports from citizens of Peru and France.

The suspect was jailed at the Public Ministry cells, where he was interrogated by the judicial agents. Now he must face a judge who will consider pre-trial measures against him for the accusation of fraud and cybercrime.

The judicial agents call on the population to report any suspicion of fake documents by dialing 800-8000-645. There are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

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