Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father of Macca's Millionairess Has Faced Mafia Probe; Allegations: Vincent Gigante, Left, a Member of a Crime Family, Was Linked to Nancy Shevell's Father Myron "Mike" Shevell amid Accusations of Mob Pay-Offs. Right: Sir Paul McCartney and the Heiress Have Been Close for Several Months, Say Friends Colourful Father: Nancy Shevell out Shopping in New York

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Father of Macca's Millionairess Has Faced Mafia Probe; Allegations: Vincent Gigante, Left, a Member of a Crime Family, Was Linked to Nancy Shevell's Father Myron "Mike" Shevell amid Accusations of Mob Pay-Offs. Right: Sir Paul McCartney and the Heiress Have Been Close for Several Months, Say Friends Colourful Father: Nancy Shevell out Shopping in New York

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Byline: KEITH DOVKANTS

THE Father of Nancy Shevell, the millionairess dating Sir PaulMcCartney, is one of corporate America's most colourful characters who facedbankruptcy and allegations of fraud and involvement with a Mafia crime family,the Standard can reveal.

Myron "Mike" Shevell, who spent the last 30 years building up a [pounds sterling]250 millionroad transport conglomerateof which his daughter is a vice-presidentis a tough-talking 71-year-old with a long history of supporting Republicanparty politicians.

He operates from his company's HQ in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the setting for theSopranos TV show. He started his business career there in the Sixties andwithin a few years he and his brother Daniel controlled two major truckingcompanies.

Then investigators launched a fraud inquiry and used a court injunction toforce him to surrender control of the firms. The fraud allegations never wentto trial, but Mr Shevell and his brother were forced out. The move left Shevellbankrupt, but in 1976 he was invited to take over a failing transport company,New England Motor Freight. Within a year, he turned the company around.

He said he had learned from the mistakes of his bankruptcy, adding: "Where Icome from, most people don't get a second chance." As his NEMF company becameone of the east coast's biggest transport groups, Mr Shevell bankrolled thefledglingbut ultimately unsuccessfulpolitical career of Nancy's husband, Bruce Blakeman, a New York lawyer. MrBlakeman told the Standard that he and Nancy had separated, with friendsclaiming her recent dates with Sir Paul are the beginning of a full-blownromance.

A source close to the Blakemans said Nancy, 47, and Sir Paul, 65, have beenclose for several months. He was seen kissing her farewell after they had spenta few days together at The Hamptons on Long island where they both have homes. …

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