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Nicoya’s Former Mayor Admits to Offense and Returns Money to the Municipalidad
By Oliver Pérez

Former mayor Hilario Cuevillas León, as well as attorney, Valerio Vargas Yong, admitted to wrongdoing when stealing ¢3.8 million colones from Nicoya’s Municipalidad and therefore, seven years later and before a judge, they accepted their crime and returned ¢4.230.000 to the Municipalidad of Nicoya. This came about as a result of the lawsuit that was filed against them for embezzlement (the unlawful appropriation of public funds by people in charge of the public administration).

The events for which these two ex-municipal officials have been under investigation took place between September, 2000 and January, 2003. When Vargas was hired by the Municipalidad of the colonial town in order to represent it in both legal and out-of-court issues and settlements. In addition to receiving a salary for the job he was supposed to fulfill, Vargas charged the town council for professional services.
According to the final results of the investigation, of which VON has a copy, in 2003 the accused, by common agreement, decided to divert and steal ¢3.864.821 million colones out of the public funds belonging to the Municipalidad in account of professional services, money that was kept by Vargas Yong although he was not entitled to receive it since he was already earning a salary as a government employee. This action was authorized by the mayor at the time, Cuevillas León.

On May 13th, judges Mauricio Perlaza, Sergio Mora and Freddy Quesada dismissed the case for a Full Redress of Damages that was being followed against Cuevillas and Vargas in file 03-200250-0414-PE.
In order to avoid going to trial, the accused specifically requested that Article 30, paragraph j) of the Código Procesal Penal (Code of Criminal Procedure) be applied to them for the dismissal of the criminal action for the Full Redress of Damages and therefore, they are required to pay ¢4.222.677 million colones to the Municipalidad’s account. This is confirmed by the deposit slip that was made at Banco Nacional, and with which the mayor, Luis Eduardo Gutiérrez, agreed to the redress plan. Therefore, they must pay back the funds that they unlawfully stole and, in addition, they must pay the fees of the attorneys that were in charge of the legal actions to recover the money.

 

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