America at Night Files


FILE #48
A Gift from Richard Hirschfeld and Alejandro Castro

A few months after meeting Engin Yesil's business partner Arik Meimoun in Cuba, Richard Hirschfeld sent Meimoun what seemed to be a generous gift—a stock certificate reflecting Meimoun's ownership of ten percent of the shares of Cohiba Rum Distributors Ltd., a corporation formed in British Columbia. The company's shares had until then been owned by Hirschfeld and Alejandro Castro, son of Fidel Castro. The shares turned out to be worthless.