Judge arrested for stealing bail, child support money suspended without pay, will remain behind bars

July 29th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A criminal court judge in Upala, Alajuela, identified by the last name Leon who was arrested last Thursday on charges that he stole bail and child support funds, has been suspended without pay.

 

The court also ordered that Leon remain in preventive detention for three months while prosecutors prepare their case.

 

According to the official investigation, in October of last year, a criminal defendant posted bail of ¢2 million, apparently delivered in cash to the judge. Prosecutors say the judge did not deposit the funds 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.

 

The judge is charged with two counts of embezzlement, punishable by three to twelve years in prison.

 

Leon also worked as a judge in Cañas, Guanacaste.

 

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  • NorthendFool

    Attorney/notary in BriBri named Frank Logan. Used to be judge too. He should be in jail.

    • mhogan

      If we throw them all out and start afresh (one idea), there won’t be enough lawyers passing the bar exam to qualify for a judgeship. So we’re either stuck with what we have or face a major shortage.

      • El Torito

        Better a few honest lawyers and judges with integrity than the abundance of crooks we currently have crippling the system

  • Old Nam Warrior

    I have never,ever in my life,trusted a lawyer..if you do,you are indeed a fool..especially in Pura Vida land