Thursday, August 11, 2005

Chile: Pinochet's Wife and Son Arrested

While seemingly evading prosecution for his brutality while ruling, Pinochet like Al Capone is getting drilled for some old-fashioned tax evasion. His wife and son were arrested and released as co-defendants, accused of aiding the Generals diversion of funds to secret bank accounts abroad, funds whose source is under investigation. The judge in the case estimates the total amount in those accounts is around $27 Million dollars, of which Pinochet would owe about 9 million in taxes.

Police in Chile Detain Pinochet's Wife and Son in Fraud Inquiry

Published: August 11, 2005

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 10 - The wife and younger son of Gen. Augusto Pinochet were in police custody in Santiago, Chile, on Wednesday after a judge ordered them detained in connection with a tax fraud investigation of secret bank accounts that General Pinochet, the former Chilean dictator, opened in an American bank.

Lucía Hiriart de Pinochet and Marco Antonio Pinochet are charged with being General Pinochet's accomplices in a decade-long scheme to shift millions of dollars, whose origins are also being investigated, to safe havens abroad. In recognition of her fragile health, Mrs. Pinochet, 82, was being held in the Military Hospital in the Chilean capital, where her husband visited her on Wednesday afternoon.

The rest of that New York Times article HERE