August 1st, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A criminal court judge in Upala, Alajuela, identified by the last name Leon who was arrested on July 24th on charges that he stole bail and child support funds, has been released from jail.
The decision to release Leon from preventive detention was made yesterday afternoon, overturning a previous decision that Leon should remain in preventive detention for 90 days.
As part of his release, Leon agreed to be suspended from his office and to not exercise any public functions for six months. Leon was also ordered to not approach witnesses or the Criminal Court of Upala, where Leon worked as a criminal court judge.
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.