May 29th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Liberty Reserve founder, Arthur Budovsky allegedly paid $600 to a woman to marry him in order to obtain residency in Costa Rica. After obtaining residency, Budovsky reportedly became a naturalized Costa Rican citizen.
The story was broke yesterday by the local online newspaper, CRHoy.com, which spoke to the woman who married Budovsky.
“I did it out of necessity, I was offered [$600] by a middleman, and at the time I was in great need. It was all done through [Budovsky’s] lawyer, I never saw the man I married,” the woman told CRHoy.
“We were married right there in immigration, in La Uruca. I arrived with my identification and the lawyer did everything. Now, after everything that has happened, I’m very scared, I do not want trouble with the law,” the woman continued.
Arthur Budovsky was arrested at a Spanish airport on Friday as he was attempting to return to Costa Rica. Budovsky is the founder of the digital currency service, Liberty Reserve, which authorities are calling the largest money laundering operation of all time.
Liberty Reserve S.A. incorporated itself in Costa Rica in 2006. Since that time, the company processed more than 55 million transactions and transferred more than $6 billion in illegal funds, according to U.S. authorities.
The video below shows Arthur Budovsky being led away in handcuffs by Spanish authorities: