The president of football (soccer) club Limon FC, Carlos Pascall, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for money laundering yesterday by Judge Ana Patricia Araya.
The court also ordered the confiscation of 15 properties belonging to Pascall, as well as vehicles, motorcycles, boats, bank accounts and investment funds.
Officials say there was proof that the money received and invested by Pascall in Costa Rica came from his stepbrother’s illegal cigarette sales in the United States. His stepbrother is currently in jail in the United States.
The court said that a total amount of $27,100,000 dollars entered Costa Rica through two different bank accounts since 2004, and that Pascall knew that he was committing a crime.
Prosecutors had requested a penalty of 10 years in jail for the businessman.
Pascall, 51, was arrested on June 2nd of last year in Limon. There, the authorities confiscated over 20 vehicles, 2 boats, various real estate properties, and cash.