July 25th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A criminal court judge in Upala, Alajuela, identified by the last name Leon, was arrested yesterday afternoon on charges that he stole bail and child support funds.
According to the official investigation, the first incident occurred in October of last year, when a criminal defendant posted bail of ¢2 million, apparently delivered in cash to the judge, which investigators say the judge did not deposit to the State but apparently pocketed the money instead.
The second incident occurred in April of this year, when the judge allegedly collected ¢320,000 from a man jailed for unpaid child support. Those funds were supposed to be handed over to the mother of the man’s child, but the judge allegedly pocketed those funds as well.
Prosecutors announced yesterday that the judge would be charged with two counts of embezzlement, punishable by three to twelve years in prison.
Leon also worked as a judge in Cañas, Guanacaste. The judge was arrested at an apartment he rented in Liberia.