Soon after a court case was opened against him, a Cuban doctor fled Costa Rica and went to Miami, in March 2018. He has since been extradited from the US to face the charges against him.
Lorenzo Castaño Suárez was sent on a flight from Miami and arrived in Costa Rica at 11:45 am on Tuesday, according to the Public Ministry and the Judicial Investigation Agency.
He is suspected of defrauding the CCSS with false invoice charges. It is believed that he charged for the sale of orthopedic supplies in the names of deceased patients as well as patients from specialties that don’t use orthopedic supplies. There are at least 100 crimes of ideological falsehood on the table.
This case has become known as the “Synthes case.” The fraud happened from 2009 to 2011. The fraud attempt was around $2.3 million.