BAY OF PIGS WIDOW WINS CUBA ASSETS
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THE WIDOW of an American businessman who was tortured and executed by the Cuban government in 1961 is a step closer to collecting a $67 million judgment she won after successfully suing the Communist republic, her lawyer said yesterday.
"It is not an easy fight," said lawyer Joseph DeMaria, who represents 80-year-old Dorothy Anderson McCarthy of Florida. McCarthy's husband, Howard Anderson, was accused of spying for the United States and aiding in the Bay of Pigs invasion. He was tried and convicted in Cuba, where he owned some service stations and a car dealership.
Before his execution by a firing squad, Cuban agents drained blood from Anderson's body, according to court papers.
McCarthy, who left Cuba with the couple's four children in 1960 and moved to Miami, sued the Cuban government in federal court in Florida. After a two-day trial in which Cuba did not defend itself, a Miami judge issued a $67 million default judgment.
But because Cuba has no known assets in Florida, DeMaria said, he asked a New York judge, essentially, to allow him to execute the judgment in New York, where tens of millions of dollars in Cuban assets are believed held by the J.P. Morgan bank and other institutions.
DeMaria said he has not found any New York property owned by Cuba, but the U.S. Treasury Department estimates there is as much as $190 million in frozen Cuban assets in the U.S.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jane Solomon, in a decision released this week, said that McCarthy has a legal right to try to collect on the judgment here.
"They are very happy," DeMaria said of McCarthy and her kids, "We are making progress." email@example.com