Talamanca mayor, three others
arrested on corruption charges
Costa Rican Judicial Investigation Police officers (OIJ) arrested the mayor of Talamanca, Rugeli Morales, last Thursday morning on corruption charges, security ministry officials confirmed last week.
Talamanca is a municipality in the southern Caribbean region.
Morales, 45, was charged with directing ₡ 350 million ($641,000) in municipal funds to his personal bank accounts.
Authorities also arrested a city inspector, a municipal accountant and a mayoral advisor whose last names are Bastos, Cortés and Barrantes, respectively. The three have been charged with embezzlement of public funds, aggravated corruption of public officials, and activities incompatible with their public service. Prosecutors suspect that these three officials aided Morales.
OIJ officers and officials from the Adjunct Prosecutor’s office of Limón raided the Talamanca municipality building and Morales’ house on Thursday afternoon. Authorities removed bank documents that will be used as evidence against Morales and the three municipal employees.
The four city officials have been detained at the Bribri prosecutor’s office. On Friday they were interrogated for the alleged crimes.
Word of the Day
Main Entry: ar·rest
Function: transitive verb
Etymology: Middle English aresten, from Anglo-French arester to stop, arrest, from Vulgar Latin *arrestare, from Latin ad- + restare to remain — more at rest
Date: 14th century
1 a : to bring to a stop <sickness arrested his activities>
b : check, slow
c : to make inactive <an arrested tumor>
2 : seize, capture; specifically : to take or keep in custody by authority of law
3 : to catch suddenly and engagingly <arrest attention>
— ar·rest·er also ar·res·tor noun
— ar·rest·ment noun
Aid: v. To provide with what is useful and necessary in achieving an end
Alleged: adj. accused but not proven or convicted
Charge: v. to make an assertion against especially by ascribing guilt or blame
Detain: v. to hold or keep in or as if in custody
Embezzlement: n. the act of appropriating (as property entrusted to one’s care) fraudulently to one’s own use
Mayor: n. an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town, or borough
Raid: v. when officers of the law make a sudden invasion onto private property
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