Lieberman Brothers Evade Extradition from Chile
Tim Bryant Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
In the middle of their third South American winter, brothers Alan and Harold Lieberman of St. Louis are again strolling the streets of Santiago, Chile, known as the Paris of the Andes.
Federal prosecutors here would rather see the Liebermans pacing prison cells in the United States.
More than two years after fleeing the United States, the brothers appear to be out of the reach of prosecutors. Their extradition case has been stalled for months.
The Liebermans have been in Santiago since May 1992, just before they were indicted here on fraud charges linked to the collapse of their home-building businesses. Their Lieberman Corp. was once among the largest of the home-building companies based in St. Louis.
Some of those left in a financial lurch believe that the brothers, both in their 60s, will be able to resist extradition as long as their money holds out. Sources have estimated that the Liebermans landed in Santiago with as much as $6 million.
"I don't think we're ever going to get them back," said Carol Pohlman, who is among former Lieberman Corp. customers who say they were defrauded.
Perhaps no one but the Liebermans knows when their money pool might run dry. Technically under house arrest pending extradition, the brothers share an upscale apartment with a couple of live-in police officers. …