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Costa Rica probes Liberty Reserve founder marriage

Costa Rica probes Liberty Reserve founder marriage

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) -

Costa Rican authorities say that the man who founded currency transfer firm Liberty Reserve may have paid a Costa Rican woman to marry him so he could get citizenship in a country that lacks an extradition treaty with the U.S.

Deputy director of judicial investigations Gustavo Vega says authorities are still investigating the 2010 marriage between Arthur Budovsky and a woman local media identified only by her last names of Valerio Vargas.

The Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion reported Wednesday that the woman has a food stand outside the government's immigration offices in the capital of San Jose.

The woman is quoted by the paper as saying Budovsky paid her $800 to marry him and promised they would get a divorce after two years. She said they are still married.

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