WASHINGTON (Reuter)-A self-
confessed mobster told a congres-
sional committee yesterday that
Ellott Roosevelt, son of former
President Franklin Roosevelt, of-
fered him $100,000 in 1968 to kill
Prime Minister Lynden Pindling of
Louis Pasquale Mastriana told
the Senate permanent investiga-
tions subcommittee that he re-
ceived $10,000 from Roosevelt but
never made the attempt.
Mastriana is currently serving
an eight-year sentence on a stolen-
securities charge. He said he was
working for a consultant firm
headed by Roosevelt at the time
the offer was made.
Roosevelt was reported yester-
day to be in Portugal and not
available for reaction to the alle
According to committee investi-
gators, Roosevelt was an inter-
mediary in the alleged assassina-
They said gambler Meyer Lan-
sky had been trying to get a gam-
bling license in the Bahamas. Even
though he had aided Pindling's
election, the license was refused.
Mike McClaney, an associate of
Lansky's, then approached Roose-
velt with the $100,000 offer.
Mastriana told the committee
that Roosevelt and M c C l a n e y
"came to me and offered he $100,-
000 to whack Pindling."
Mastriana did not make clear
why Roosevelt, once mayor of
Miami Beach, was alleged to have
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