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San José, Costa Rica || Friday Edition, November 17, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 207
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Libertarians found guilty of fraud


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Libertarian Movement must pay ¢209 million to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) due to collecting money for fictitious trainings in the 2010 election campaign.

The Third Chamber decided on Wednesday to impose the fine which had been appealed in October 2015.

"The reasons admitted by the Chamber were in terms of the configuration of the crime of fraud and lack of substantiation," reported the press office of the Judiciary.

According to the statement, the Chamber’s decision does not affect the ruling issued by the Court of Appeal of Goicoechea, which had resolved, on July 11, 2016, to review the sentences imposed on two ex-leaders of the Libertarian Movement.

That sentence found Ronaldo Alfaro (he served as general secretary of the Libertarian), Roger Segura (sub-treasurer), and Carlos Solano (secretary of training) all guilty of collecting ¢ 209 million of the political debt through a structure of "ghost training" with 191 false documents. The sentence was issued on October 23, 2015.

In addition to the economic damage against the state for ¢ 209 million, libertarians must pay ¢ 67 million for interest, ¢ 32 million for costs for persons and ¢600,000 for personal fees and costs.

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The sentence arrives some months before the presidential election of February 2018.


It was not necessary for the Court of Judgment to define the social damage, which was declared by the Court of Appeal.

Alfaro was sentenced to eight years in prison and is currently on remand. Segura was sentenced to five years (died due to health problems), and Solano to three years.

Although the judges confirmed the guilt of both, they asked to define again the number of years of prison for each defendant.

The new trial to define the penalties are pending.

The opinion of the Libertarian President Danilo Cubero was sought, but his cell phone appeared to be off.


Heavy rains trigger a green alert through the country


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) has decreed a green alert for the entire Pacific region due to atmospheric instability. The said instability is caused due to our proximity in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, explained the CNE.

On Wednesday, the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) reported that continuous downpours in the North Pacific, Central and South Pacific Areas are possible.

As for the Central Valley, isolated showers with amounts between 10-35 mm are expected in the afternoons, mainly in mountainous areas.

The CNE recommends the populations of the South, Central and North Pacific take precautionary measures in areas vulnerable to flood
ing, monitor the weather conditions and to be alert to information from the authorities. In case of thunderstorms and strong gusts of wind, taking shelter in safe places is recommended.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) reports about 10 incidents as a result of heavy downpours mainly in Guanacaste.

According to Sigifredo Pérez, Chief of Operations of the CNE, during the night and early morning incidents were recorded in Grecia, Puriscal, Parrita,
and Guatuso. In the south zone, specifically in the canton of Golfito, there were cases of saturation of sewage systems.

"The emergency committees are activated and attending the emergencies that have been registered. At the moment there are no authorized shelters nor has there been a requirement for supplies," Pérez said.

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Despite the rain, there has been no need
to open any shelter.


Some places in Guanacaste have been severely affected, such as Santa Cruz, Tilarán, Bagaces and Cuajiniquil.

The CNE reported that the Professional Technical College of 27 de Abril in Santa Cruz was severely impacted by the heavy rains, while in Río Chombo in Soley de Cuajiniquil, lessons had to be suspended.

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RESIDENCY IN COSTA RICA
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.
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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
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Dr. Lucinda Gray
California Licensed
Psychologist
International Practice

• Anxiety
 • Depression
 • Relationship Problems
 • Trauma EMDR  Click Here
 • NWM Training
 
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US (310) 827-4241
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Psychiatric Services
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS (FMP)

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DR LUIS CARLOS SANCHO TORRES
PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Prescription Management

Send us your:
-VA LETTER WITH LIST OF DISABILITIES
-VETERAN IDENTIFICATION

Call me:  (506) 2246-3458
Email: veteranscr@gmail.com
4th floor at Hospital La Catolica, Guadalupe, San José



U.S. Income Tax & Accounting

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

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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
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U.S. Income Tax Services
Marlene B. Summers
Tax Accountant

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Let’s discuss your tax situation.

The IRS has become more aggressive and if you have not filed, you must do so. 

However, there are solutions to problems and your situation may be better than you think.

If your filing is not up to date, Streamlined Filing can be used with no penalties.

Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

If tax payment is holding you back, the IRS has options to solve payment problems.

You can file current or past due FBARs without payment to meet IRS  requirements.

If you have yet to file, do it now as there is still time.

Over 20 years in Costa Rica  and Silicon Valley.
Competitive rates.

Phone (506) 2289-6590 ; Cell (506) 8750-2316
Email: marlene.summers@gmail.com 


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James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  U.S. GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting

Specializing in all matters of concern to U.S. taxpayers residing abroad including:

• IRS filing requirements of foreign income tax exclusion (up to $102,100 for 2017).
• 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 FATCA 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
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TAX FRAUD DEFENSE
I.R.S. Criminal and Civil Issues
Panama Papers
International and Expatriate Tax Issues

Consult with a U.S. licensed Tax Attorney in Costa Rica concerning your I.R.S. Issues

Tax Fraud Investigation or Prosecution
FATCA, FBAR Issues

Confidential and Privileged Communication
Former University Lecturer and I.R.S. Lecturer
Harold P. Gewerter, Esq., Ltd., J.D., M.S.
Email: harold@gewerterlaw.com
USA phone: (702) 375-9471
CR phone: (506) 8384-9342

Associated with Carballo y Carballo
Abogados in Costa Rica


Relocation and Consulting

Jacqui Monacell
Your “go to” person in Costa Rica!
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With over 25 years of experience in Costa Rica, we understand the inner-workings of the “Tico system” and offer a wide range of services for newcomers and expatriates!

    • Vehicles: purchase, sale, storage, repairs.
    • Real Estate: purchase, sale, title study, due diligence.
    • Legal Assistance: residency, power of attorneys, incorporation.
    • New Business: consultation, bank accounts, cellular lines.
    * Concierge services.

Visit our website to read more about our services and peruse our testimonials to see why we are recommended throughout the community!
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Medical Services

Dr. Francisco Gutiérrez Durán
Neurosurgery


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Specialist in spinal pathologies and brain tumors.
Low invasive spine surgery and non-surgical options for  spinal diseases control. Special attention to European and North American patients.

Attention in Hospital CIMA, Escazu
Phones: (506) 2208-8657 / (506) 2208-8655

Attention in Torre Medica Momentum Pinares Curridabath
Phones: (506)2271-0750 / (506) 2271-0749

Email: franjav10@gmail.com

More about Dr. Gutiérrez,  click here



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Dr. Alexander Petgrave
Neurological Surgery

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Specialty in Neurosurgery
(Spine and Brain Surgery)
 Phones:(506) 6289-6134 / (506)7075-7091
Email: drpetgraveneurocx@gmail.com
Hospital La Católica, Guadalupe, San José.

For more information CLICK HERE



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Our effort is for you, to have a better quality of life.

Dr Shahin Ravery
* Chiropractic Therapy
* Electrotherapy
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* Sciatic pain / Scoliosis
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Call: (506) 8376- 3779
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* Medical Test for Drivers License
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Ravery Clinic phone:  (506) 2222- 3152
Address: Av. 1rst. Street 36 , Paseo Colón, San José.




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American/Costa Rican staff
to properly assist you

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* Corporate, Labor, Family Law (marriage / divorce)
* Litigation. 
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* Naturalization
* Real Estate
* Notary Services
* Collections and Foreclosures 
* Wills and Testaments, Probates 
* Free Zone Regime 
* Legal fees calculated by CR s Bar of Lawyers

Our Business/Construction Unit  will be glad to assist you on:
* How to start a business in CR
* How to import/export to CR: Sanitary, registration Certificates, free sales certificates, logistics
*Constructions projects: Municipal permits, contracts, due diligence to buy / build your home or project in CR. 

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Attorney & Notary
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Notary services and registrations. Collections and foreclosures. Real estate and litigation. Corporate Law. Immigration. Estate planning wills and testaments, probate.

I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

Call me for advice
    Phone:  2280-9692 / 2253-3705
    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 mete
rs south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.

Real estate agents and services
Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized in eco properties, eco consulting, green living and  Hotel Real Estate & Hotel Consulting

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   • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific.
   • Great network of Realtors, to find your dream property.
   • 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.
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Email:  info@ecorealtorscr.com
peter@hotels4salecostarica.com
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Telephone: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
Follow us on Facebook: ecorealtorscr
Address: In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó

 Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR

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Buying - Selling - Renting in the Central Valley

Nuevos Horizontes Propiedades (New Horizons Properties) is one most successful Real estate companies in Costa Rica. We are the only Real estate company in Costa Rica that requires agents to follow a 4 week training and pass exams.

We offer a very personalized and professional service as well as consulting on pricing, legal matters, relocation, do appraisals, and much more.

Our inventory focuses on the Central Valley (Alajuela, Heredia, San José, Escazu, Cartago) and includes condos, homes, Townhouses, lots, commercial real estate or development properties.

We have alliances with all mayor agents networks, real estate companies and are member of the Real Estate Chamber of Costa Rica.

We can assist you in Spanish, English, Dutch, French.

For detailed information: www.nuevoshorizontespropiedades.com

Cell: +506-8479-2384 – Office: +506-2249-3999
– US Toll-Free: 1-888-263-2631

- English spoken
- Se habla español
- On parle français
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We spreken Nederlands


Insurance professionals


Garret Brokers
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 - Brokerage fully licensed by the government.
  - 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 America.
  - Superb communications.
  - Prize-winning Web site.
  - English policy extracts.
  - Helps you settle your claims.

 Centro Comercial El Pueblo, Local #125, San José.
Phone: ( 506 ) 2233-9520  or  ( 506) 2233-2455
E-mail : info@garrettbrokers.com
More information HERE!


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