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Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a Pacific coastal country in Central America.

It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 19,714 square miles. Its economy, once heavily dependent on agriculture, has diversified to include sectors such as finance, corporate services for foreign companies, pharmaceuticals, and ecotourism. Many foreign manufacturing and services companies operate in Costa Rica's Free Trade Zones where they benefit from investment and tax incentives.

In 2018, May Radfield hid in the country for almost a year after she and her husband Duncan perpetrated a scam to pay for her medical bills which in the main involved a false life insurance claim but in part, and without May's full knowledge, led to Duncan involving an unwitting Sally Metcalfe in a scam to defraud Weatherfield Metropolitan Borough Council of £40,000 for a grant to a non-existent charity, the funds then being creamed off by Duncan.

She laid low while Duncan and Sally went on trial but only Sally was jailed for the offence. When Duncan was badly injured in a car accident in January 2019, May returned to the UK where Sophie Webster recognised her and both May and Duncan were arrested.

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