Maria Lucia Hiriart Rodriguez , also known as Lucia Hiriart de Pinochet. Hiriart was born in Antofagasta to Osvaldo Hiriart Corvalan, a lawyer and former Radical Party senator and former Interior Minister of president Juan Antonio Rios; and Lucia Rodriguez Auda de Hiriart, of French descent. She is the widow of former Chilean President and Dictator Augusto Pinochet Ugarte , with whom she has five children: three daughters and two sons (Augusto Osvaldo and Marco Antonio).
In 2005 Hiriart was sued by the Chilean Internal Revenue Service ("Servicio de Impuestos Internos") over tax evasion totaling US$2.35 million and was arrested for a full day with son Marco Antonio a few months later. In October 2007, she was arrested again in the frame of the Riggs case, along with Pinochet's five children and 17 other persons on charges of embezzlement and use of false passports. They are accused of having illegally transferred $27m (13.2m) to foreign bank accounts during Pinochet's rule. Pinochet family arrested in Chile, BBC, 4 October 2007 Cobertura Especial: Detienen a familia y principales colaboradores de Pinochet, La Tercera, 4 October 2007
Pinochet family arrested in Chile
Cobertura Especial: Detienen a familia y principales colaboradores de Pinochet
Analysis of her arrest
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