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Irving "Slick" Shapiro (1920-2002) was a mafia figure who helped finance the casino at the Cabazon reservation. [1]

History Edit

In 1960, Shaprio opened the Aku-Aku club in the Town House Motel in Toledo, Ohio. [2]

In the mid-1960s, Irving Shapiro and Arthur Rooks obtained gambling licenses on behalf of Anthony J. Zerilli and Michael Santo "Big Mike" Polizzi. [3]

Jonathan Wolfman alleges that "Irving Shapiro and his cronies murdered at least five hundred men in their day". [4]

In the 1970s, Shaprio moved to Las Vegas and started the Alfa Chemical company. He was accused of strong-arming Las Vegas hotels to force them to use his products. [2] Shapiro moved to Palm Springs, California later in that decade. [2]

References Edit

  1. Executive Intelligence review, Volume 20 Number 3, 1993 January 15, http://www.larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1993/eirv20n03-19930115/eirv20n03-19930115_022-former_nd_governor_backs_casino.pdf
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ex-owner’s Aku-Aku Club drew crowds, raves, http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=22122&forum=2#272153
  3. David Migoya and Jeff Taylor, Detroit's Zerilli Skimmed Casino Profits and Sought Control, Detroit Free Press, http://forensic-intelligence.org/mob/mobfp715.htm
  4. Jonathan Wolfman, Irving ("Slick") Shapiro/The Weird Ethic of a Jewish Mobster, http://open.salon.com/blog/jlw1/2010/08/07/irving_slick_shapirothe_weird_ethic_of_a_jewish_mobster

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