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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 216 
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Peeks into computer files of top soccer player now considered a crime
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Poder Judicial said Thursday that the chief prosecutor has order that a criminal investigation be launched in the case of breaches of a secret law enforcement database.

Legislators also moved Thursday to conduct their own investigation of the breaches that involved Kaylor Navas, the star soccer player, and the files of his two sisters.

Involved are four prosecutors and 24 judicial police agents. At least three may be off the hook because it appears that they were told to look into the Navas files by a supervisor. Still unknown is the motive for breaching the secrecy.

Actually what is contained in the files are fairly routine items. The software is designed to accumulate information from other state computers. So the files could contain electric and water bills,
municipal tax bills criminal records, if any, ownership of telephones and vehicles and income and bank information. This is about the same type of information available through commercial credit agencies.

The Poder Judicial said that the fiscal general or chief prosecutor Jorge Chavarría Guzmán had assigned the case to the Fiscalía Adjunta de Probidad, Transparencia y Anticorrupción and said it was to be treated as a felony, abuse of authority.

That is a 180-degree shift for  Chavarría who said initially that he was conducting a disciplinary investigation.

More than 2,000 persons in the Poder Judicial and various police agencies have access to the files. There may have been other breaches that will be investigated, too, said the Poder Judicial.

Navas has hired a local lawyer to represent him. He is playing soccer in Spain.


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Dirección General de Tributación potos
The 24 closures affected a variety of businesses.
Tax police close down 24 establishments for various violations
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax police closed down 24 commercial operations this week. The violations included failing to provide facturas or receipts for services or goods, being behind on sales tax payments and even failing to register a company with the tax agency in the first place.

The actions took place in San José, Alajuela, Heredia and San Carlos. The agents of the Dirección General de Tributación physically closed the businesses and placed a sticker on accesses warning that entry is prohibited.
The businesses included restaurants, car washing firms, cabins, auto shops, fabric sales outlets, repair part sales stores and cosmetic sales. The best known is the Inka Grill in Curridabat, which Tributación said was behind on remitting sales taxes.

In most cases the businesses are required to stay shut for at least five days while arrangements are made to become current with taxes.

Some firms try to avoid their tax obligations simply by not registered with Tributación. When caught, operators may find their actions elevated to a criminal charge.

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