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San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 243
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Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


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Dental Services Costa Rica

Dr Oscar Vargas specialist in prosthodontics
Where Science and Art meet!

Give yourself a bright and healthy smile.  Our professional practice is geared to exceptional quality in all procedures.   We are dedicated to technical perfection using cutting-edge technology.     

* DENTAL IMPLANTS:  One of the most successful ways to replace missing teeth.  Improve your quality of life, enjoy social activities with a beautiful natural smile.   Learn more HERE! 

* FULL MOUTH RESTORATION. We are experts and have specialized training of integral science going beyond the architectural design of the patient's desired smile.  HERE!  

* PORCELAIN VENEERS. achieve wonderful results to aesthetic goals for worn down, chipped, broken, discolored, uneven teeth and gaps between them. HERE! 

* PORTFOLIO please browse for information about our work.  HERE!

Contact us:
Dial toll FREE from USA or Canada:  1.800.901.0114
CR local phone:  +506-2274-3231
Cell: +506-8302-5877
Email:  info@dentalservicescostarica.com
Web:  www.dentalservicescostarica.com



Dr. Gray
Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
CR (506) 2228-2041
US (310) 827-4241
New World Meditation

Insurance professionals

The Garrett Insurance Group
-Brokerage fully licensed by the
-Experience since 1980.
-Bilingual English/Spanish.
-Represent all the best insurance
       companies in Costa Rica,
       BMI, Blue Cross, Blue
       Shield, ASSA, INS, etc.
-Correspondents of WILLIS.
-Connections in all of Central
-Superb communications.
-Prize-winning Web site.
-English policy extracts.
-Helps you settle your claims.
Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José, Costa Rica.    Phone:  ( 506 ) 2233-9520
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!

Residency experts


A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices

There are four primary ways to apply for legal residency in Costa Rica:
    Retiree (Pensionado):  For those with a pension or other retirement income.
    Legal Resident (Rentista): For those with guaranteed non-salary income or savings.
    Business/Investor (Inversionista): For those with Costa Rican business or real estate investments.
    Marriage/Relation (Vinculo): For those married to or related to a Costa Rican citizen.

Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore. We know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience.

Javier Zavaleta
Residency in Costa Rica
P. O. Box 86352, Los Angeles, CA 90086
U.S. Phone: (323) 255-6116
U.S.  Fax (323) 344-1620
Phone in Costa Rica: ( 506 ) 2226=0755  (En español )

Email:  javier@residencyincostarica.com
Web: www.residencyincostarica.com


U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers, Tax Accountant
Licensed by the I.R.S.
Ms. Summers
Marlene B. Summers
U.S. citizens, plan now for your tax year. Let me help you pay only the tax  you must!
Take advantage of the foreign earned income exclusion.
If your filing is not up-to-date, the Streamlined Filing Procedure can be used to mitigate penalties.   Including  disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid future problems. 

File current or past due FBARs with no penalties to meet IRS requirements.
File your current or amended returns.

Over 10 years in Costa Rica    
Competitive rates

Phone (506) 2289-6590 or (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com
Shipping Costa Rica

U.S. Tax International
Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal
 services. Over 15 years in Costa Rica

U.S. Tax
(English spoken). Tamarindo office hours now available.  If you or anyone you know would like an appointment in Tamarindo, please call our San José office at 2288-2201 to make an appointment.
Contact Us:
 U.S 786-206-9473         CR 506-2288-2201
FAX: 506 2231-3300
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page: www.ustaxinternational.com

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting
pecializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:
Uncle Sam's
IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $101,300 for 2016).
Past-due tax returns: Taxpayers filing before an IRS notice do not face criminal sanctions.
Reporting foreign financial assets: FBAR and foreign corporations.
Up-to-date FACTA news.
All US Tax return preparation:
individual, business, estate and trust.
eFile returns: secure with faster refunds.
Business consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica.

Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@yahoo.com

Fine art restoration and conservation

Gilbert Carmichael
Master Art Restorer
European and U.S. standards. USPAP.
  Porcelain and ceramic
  Works on paper restoration
  Conservation Curatorial
  Art expert services
  Other restoration services
  Condition evaluation
  Authenticity evaluation
  Art related insurance and 
       damage evaluations
  Art collection consultation
Experts in fine art restoration and conservation for the tropics. We clean mildew, mold, etc., repair, restore and offer art expert and curatorial services.

For more information please contact Jessica Steward at 8388-5328 or 8621 9287 email HERE!

Real estate agents and services


A Name You Trust, Professionalism You Deserve
Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
in CR since 1979

Residential sales
Commercial sales
Property management
Vacation rentals and long-term rentals
Tour desk

 Century 21 Jacó Beach Realty
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com

Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized
in eco properties, eco consulting and green living.

   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream
   • Homes, condominium & luxury homes
   • Eco lodges and hotels
   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area
www.ecorealtorscr.com    info@ecorealtorscr.com
Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Facebook: ecorealtorscr
In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó
Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

Representing Colinas del Sol
del Pacifico, S.A.

Colinas del
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit tree orchards.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD , and many can be combined for those wanting a larger area for their chosen passion, be it a hobby horse farm or retirement haven.
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, Northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club
In Costa Rica contact Jeffrey Sandi Murray:          jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day:
 jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675 
Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
Arrest made in murder of hotel owner

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators have detained a 21-year old man as a suspect in the murder of a 50-year old French woman in October. The arrest Wednesday morning was
by officials from the investigators from Bribri.  More are being sought.

The woman, Estelle Jeanne, was found dead Oct. 27 at her Caribbean coast hotel in Punta Uva by an employee . She had been suffocated, agents said. The investigation determined that at least three people were involved in breaking into the hotel, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

 When she tried to intervene, the crooks attacked and strangled her, said agents.

The man was arrested at his house in Hone

hotel owner
LinkedIn photo
Estelle Jeanne
Creek where agents said they also seized an amount of drugs that were being potentially prepared for sale.

Investigators are still trying to find the other intruders in the case.

Ms. Jeanne owned and operated the Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, a self-described adventure hotel in the Punta Uva region of Limón where people could stay at several houses of varying sizes described as being eco-friendly bungalows. The houses were provided with hotel-style accommodations to the guests. According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms. Jeanne had owned the lodge since March 2013.

Expats get more sites to file for residency

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Correos de Costa Rica said Wednesday it was opening up 13 more locations where expats can apply for residency documents or renewal of their residency status.

Correos already has 25 locations in local post offices where these transactions can be completed. Workers there also do the paperwork for Costa Rican passports and firearms permits.

Radiográfica Costarricense S.A., which provides the electronic hookups, also is involved.  The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería eventually gets the electronic documentation plus a photo of the applicant to issue the documento de identificación migratorio para extranjeros, called the Dimex, or create a new passport for a Costa Rican. Correos also earns money by carrying the documents from the immigration headquarters in la Uruca to a convenient post office.  Banco de Costa Rica also takes photos and replays information for documents sought by foreigners.

Correos has picked up a number of jobs unrelated to mail delivery as a result of changes in the market brought by internet use. The government agency described the expansion of the available locations Wednesday.

To obtain an appointment, foreigners have to call 1311 and select where they wish to appear.

Half of test group believe fake events

By the University of Warwick news staff

Many people are prone to remembering events that never happened, according to new research by the University of Warwick.

In a study on false memories, Kimberley Wade in the Department of Psychology demonstrated that if people are told about a completely fictitious event from their lives, and repeatedly imagine that event occurring, almost half would accept that it did.

Over 400 participants in memory implantation studies had fictitious autobiographical events suggested to them, and it was found that around 50 percent of the participants believed, to some degree, that they had experienced those events.

Participants in these studies came to remember a range of false events, such as taking a childhood hot air balloon ride, playing a prank on a teacher or creating havoc at a family wedding.

Some 30 percent of participants appeared to remember the event.  They accepted the suggested event, elaborated on how the event occurred, and even described images of what the event was like. Another 23 percent showed signs that they accepted the suggested event to some degree and believed it really happened.

Dr. Wade and colleagues conclude that it can be very difficult to determine when a person is recollecting actual past events as opposed to false memories, even in a controlled research environment and, more so, in real life situations.

These findings have significance in many areas, raising questions around the authenticity of memories used in forensic investigations, court rooms, and therapy treatments.

Moreover, the collective memories of a large group of people or society could be incorrect, due to misinformation in the news, for example, having a striking effect on people’s perceptions and behavior.

“We know that many factors affect the creation of false beliefs and memories, such as asking a person to repeatedly imagine a fake event or to view photos to jog their memory," said Dr. Wade. "But we don’t fully understand how all these factors interact. Large-scale studies like our mega-analysis move us a little bit closer."

International scam scheme brings prison

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A Toronto couple who were extradited earlier this year to the United States have been sentenced for their roles in a mass marketing scheme that targeted hundreds of victims across the United States with counterfeit checks that accompanied bogus claims they had been selected to become secret shoppers at MoneyGram counters inside Walmart stores.

The husband, Idris Nuradin 35, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison. His wife, Habone Gayad, 34, received a time served sentence, which is approximately eight months in custody.

The pair were indicted in 2010, and it took until April for the U.S. Department of Justice to extradite them from Canada. The case has relevance to Costa Rica where scammers have targeted U.S. consumers in the past.

This couple sent fake checks to victims and asked them to deposit them in their own bank accounts. Then they were supposed to send immediately most of the proceed via MoneyGram to the scammers. The checks, of course, were fake, but banks took time in finding that out. Some 500 victims were targeted, and those who did as instructed lost a collective $110,000.

Costa Rica has hosted companies that sold non-existent computers, fraudulent coffee franchises and other scam goods via the internet and telephone. Some but not all of the scammers here were brought to the United States for trial. Costa Ricans, of course, cannot be extradited.

“This case demonstrates that criminals cannot hide in foreign countries and take advantage of Americans without repercussions,” said U. S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker in Los Angeles. “This cruel scheme had a devastating financial impact on many victims who never intended to participate in a crime.”

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