August 27th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Judiciary officials have ordered further investigation into alleged emails and online chats between trial judge Alfredo Araya Vega and accused fraudster Luis Milanes after The Computer Crimes Section of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) said last month that it was unable to establish the authenticity of the communications.
In the alleged emails and chats, the trial judge allegedly offers advice about Milanes’ criminal case. The communications allegedly took place between September and November 2011.
Milanes, who is a Cuban-American, is accused of defrauding 500 mostly American and Canadian investors out of millions of dollars when his Costa Rica-based high-yield investment program, Savings Unlimited, shut down eleven years ago.
Judiciary officials have ordered that a greater effort be made to determine if the emails and chat logs are genuine.
The alleged communications were brought to light by the media in July of last year.