Family of late mobster Meyer Lansky want compensation for the Habana Riviera hotel-casino in Cuba


Posted on the 10th of December 2015

Family of late mobster Meyer Lansky want compensation for the Habana Riviera hotel-casino in Cuba

The grandson of the legendary mafia boss Meyer Lansky is seeking compensation from the Cuban government for the Habana Riviera hotel-casino which was seized from Lansky shortly after the communist Fidel Castro rebels overthrew the military dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Taking advantage of the warming up of ties between the United States and Cuba, Lansky’s grandson has stated; “The hotel was taken from my grandfather forcefully,” said Lansky’s 60-year-old grandson, Gary Rapoport, of Tampa. “Cuba owes my family money.” The Habana Riviera hotel-casino had cost Lansky approximately $8 million to build back in those days, and was opened in 1957. Back in 1957, the Habana Riviera hotel-casino was the largest and finest casino in Cuba. It even had air conditioning which was a rarity back in those days.

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