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US man killed in Costa Rica was target of real estate scam; 4 arrested

Zach Dyer - March 9, 2016

[caption id="attachment_66828" align="alignright" width="285"] (Courtesy OIJ)[/caption] UPDATE: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 10   Costa Rica Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) Director Walter Espinoza announced Tuesday that four suspects…

Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family
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Love triangle turned deadly in case of slain US-Costa Rica family

Zach Dyer - February 17, 2016

A day after police discovered the slain family of a U.S. expat and his Costa Rican wife and children in Matapalo, Guanacaste, details about the couple’s strained…

Stabbing rampage leaves 5 members of US-Costa Rica family dead
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Stabbing rampage leaves 5 members of US-Costa Rica family dead

L. Arias - February 16, 2016

Read an update to this story here Updated at 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Director Walter Espinoza of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Police…

Costa Rica prosecutors seek 20 years in fraud case against US investor Cyrus Sepehr
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Costa Rica prosecutors seek 20 years in fraud case against US investor Cyrus Sepehr

Michael Krumholtz - February 13, 2016

Prosecutors painted a dark portrait of 53-year-old real estate developer Cyrus Sepehr in their closing arguments Friday, saying the U.S. citizen defrauded plaintiff Dan Kohanarieh of nearly $8 million…

Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads guilty to money laundering charges
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Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads guilty to money laundering charges

L. Arias - February 3, 2016

Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk, 42, the founder of the Costa Rica-based cyber-currency operation Liberty Reserve pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to run a money laundering operation, the U.S. Department…

Mexico deports US ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch
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Mexico deports US ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch

AFP - January 28, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities on Thursday deported a U.S. teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal Texas drunk-driving accident, a month after the fugitive…

US man with post-polio syndrome protests ‘inhumane conditions’ in Costa Rica prison
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US man with post-polio syndrome protests ‘inhumane conditions’ in Costa Rica prison

Michael Krumholtz - January 18, 2016

When Iranian-American Cyrus Sepehr was thrown into a preventive prison in Costa Rica under suspicion of fraud, he could still walk. But in just four months he's been…

Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farm
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Dutch couple, laborer found dead at Costa Rica farm

Zach Dyer - January 5, 2016

A Dutch couple and one of their employees were found dead Monday on a hardwood plantation in Puntarenas near Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. The victims have…

Tamarindo hotel owner assaulted again, months after break-in left husband dead
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Tamarindo hotel owner assaulted again, months after break-in left husband dead

Michael Krumholtz - December 2, 2015

Less than eight months after three masked men broke into her Playa Langosta hotel, beat her husband -- who later died -- and took off with their life savings,…

U.S. man accused of soliciting a minor for sex in Costa Rica says he is being extorted
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U.S. man accused of soliciting a minor for sex in Costa Rica says he is being extorted

Michael Krumholtz - December 1, 2015

The 57-year-old U.S. man who was arrested Nov. 21 on accusations of paying an underage girl for sex says that he is a victim of extortion. Prosecutors claim that…