Feds to seek new indictment vs. Greig

September 29, 2011

Turnto10.com on September 28, 2011 released the following:

“By: DENISE LAVOIE | AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors plan to seek a new indictment against the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, according to a written status report filed in court Wednesday.

Catherine Greig, 60, already has been indicted for allegedly helping Bulger elude authorities after he fled Boston in late 1994, just before he was indicted on racketeering charges. The couple was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., in June after spending more than 16 years on the run.

Greig’s lawyers and prosecutors are expected to present the status report to a judge in court Thursday.

The filing by prosecutors, which was reviewed by The Associated Press, says the government “anticipates seeking a superseding indictment in the future.” No other details were provided.

Greig has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Her lawyer, Kevin Reddington, did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone seeking comment Wednesday.

Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is charged for his alleged role in 19 murders. Prosecutors say Greig actively helped Bulger, now 82, escape capture.

Her lawyer has said she was in love with Bulger and didn’t know the extent of his alleged crimes when she left Boston with him in 1995.

In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors say it is premature to know whether there could be a plea deal in the case against Greig.

“It is too early to determine whether plea negotiations will resolve this case,” First Assistant Jack Pirozzolo and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Herbert wrote.

Reddington has said Greig will not cooperate with authorities in their case against Bulger.

“She’s going to trial on the case – that’s it,” Reddington said last month, after Greig pleaded not guilty to the charge.”

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Catherine Greig, James “Whitey” Bulger’s Girlfriend, Indicted for Conspiracy to Harbor and Conceal a Fugitive

August 11, 2011

The Associated Press (AP) on August 11, 2011 released the following:

“Bulger girlfriend indicted for helping him

Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The longtime girlfriend of reputed Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was indicted Thursday for allegedly helping him dodge authorities during his 16 years on the run.

Federal prosecutors have charged Catherine Greig with conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. No date has been set for her arraignment.

Greig, 60, has been held since she and Bulger were captured June 22 in Santa Monica, Calif. A call to Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, was not returned Thursday.

Bulger has pleaded not guilty to charges that he participated in 19 murders during the years he was leader of the Winter Hill gang, while also acting as an FBI informant against rival mobsters.

In the indictment, prosecutors say Greig refused to let law enforcement officers search for Bulger at her Quincy, Mass., home several days after he disappeared in late December 1994. The following February, she met Bulger at a Boston beach after driving around the city for an hour to shake any surveillance, the indictment said. Later that month, she allegedly met Bulger in his car and they fled the state.

The two checked into a New York hotel that September, and were in Louisiana by June 1996, the indictment said. That summer, an unidentified friend prepared false identification for Bulger after taking photos of an unnamed Bulger relative who was wearing a false mustache to look more like Bulger, the indictment said.

The couple traveled by train between New York and Chicago later that year, before allegedly settling in Santa Monica in 1998 under the names Charles and Carol Gasko, one of several aliases allegedly used by Greig over the years.

The indictment said Greig told the property manager at their Santa Monica apartment that her husband had emphysema, as a cover to explain why Bulger stayed indoors with the shades drawn to avoid being seen. Over the next few years, the indictment said, Greig and Bulger used cash and money orders for rent and medication to further reduce the chances they’d be discovered.

At a bail hearing last month, Reddington, described Greig as a subservient woman, in love with Bulger, and unaware of the extent of his alleged crimes when she fled with him. Bulger was facing an extortion charge in a racketeering indictment when the couple left Boston, Reddington said.

Reddington argued at her bail hearing last month that Greig should be released on bail with electronic monitoring.

“This woman is not a violent person,” he said. “Her only crime is a crime of passion – falling in love with this gentleman.”

But prosecutors countered that Greig was still a risk to flee and had actively helped Bulger evade capture. Meanwhile, relatives of Bulger’s alleged murder victims argued against her release. Tom Donahue, whose father, Michael Donahue, was allegedly killed by Bulger in 1982, said releasing Greig would be “unjust and unbearable.”

Greig has agreed to be held while Reddington gathers more information to support her bail request.

Bulger first fled after being tipped by an FBI agent that he was about to be indicted on racketeering charges. The murder allegations were added in a separate racketeering indictment four years later.

Bulger and Greig, a former dental hygienist, were caught just days after the FBI began a new publicity campaign focusing on Greig and aimed at a female audience.

The FBI said on Greig’s wanted poster that she frequented beauty salons, and had well-kept teeth and multiple plastic surgeries.

When the pair was caught, authorities found more than $800,000 in cash and more than 30 weapons in their California apartment.”

Attached is Catherine E. Greig Federal Indictment.

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James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig Arrested in California by the FBI

June 23, 2011

The Associated Press (AP) on June 23, 2011 released the following:

Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was captured near Los Angeles 16 years after his run from the law sparked an international manhunt and served as a major embarrassment to the FBI as their onetime informant eluded authorities.

The FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at a residence in Santa Monica along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday, just days after the government launched a publicity campaign to locate the fugitive mobster, said Steven Martinez, FBI’s assistant director in charge in Los Angeles. The arrest was based on a tip from the campaign, he said.

Bulger, who was an inspiration for the 2006 Martin Scorsese film, “The Departed,” is wanted for his alleged role in 19 murders. One victim was shot between the eyes in a parking lot at his country club in Oklahoma. Another was gunned down in broad daylight on a South Boston street to prevent him from talking about the killing in Oklahoma. Others were taken out for running afoul of Bulger’s gambling enterprises.

“He left a trail of bodies,” said Tom Duffy, a retired state police major who was one of the lead investigators in the criminal case against Bulger. “You did not double-cross him. If you did, you were dead.”

Bulger provided information on a rival gang to the FBI, then fled in January 1995 when a former agent told him he was about to be indicted.

The FBI had been conducting surveillance in the area where Bulger was arrested, said police Sgt. Rudy Flores, who gave no details of the arrest. Agents swarmed around Bulger’s building late Wednesday, hours after the arrests in a neighborhood of two and three-story apartment buildings.

Bulger lived on the third floor of The Princess Eugenia, a three-story, 28-unit building of one and two-bedroom apartments three blocks from a bluff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Neighbors said the couple did not stand out.

Barbara Gluck, who lives on the same floor as Bulger and Greig, said she didn’t know their names but recognized them from photos on the Internet after she heard about their arrest.

Gluck described Greig as “sweet and lovely” and said they would have “girl talk” when they ran into each other in the building. Bulger became angry whenever he saw the two of them talking, and would say, “Stop talking to her,” Gluck said.

“He was nasty,” she added. “At one point, (Greig) said (Bulger) has a rage issue.”

Bulger and Greig were scheduled to appear in Los Angeles federal court Thursday. He faces a series of federal charges including murder, conspiracy to commit murder, narcotics distribution, extortion and money laundering, while the 60-year-old Greig is charged with harboring a fugitive.

The arrest brings an end to a manhunt that received worldwide attention as the FBI received reported sightings of Bulger and Greig from all over the United States and parts of Europe. In many of those sightings, investigators could not confirm whether it was Bulger who was spotted or a lookalike.

The investigation touched the highest level of Massachusetts politics. Bulger’s younger brother, William, was one of the most powerful politicians in the state, leading the Massachusetts Senate for 17 years and later serving as president of the University of Massachusetts for seven years. He resigned his post in August 2003 amid pressure from then-Gov. Mitt Romney and Attorney General Thomas Reilly.

William Bulger told a congressional committee that he spoke to his brother shortly after he went on the run in 1995 but had no idea about his whereabouts.

He declined to comment to the Boston Globe about his brother’s arrest.

For many years, William Bulger was able to avoid any tarnish from his brother’s alleged crimes. But in August 2003, he resigned his post as president of UMass amid pressure from then-Gov. Mitt Romney and Attorney General Thomas Reilly.

Bulger, nicknamed “Whitey” for his shock of bright platinum hair, grew up in a gritty South Boston housing project, and went on to become Boston’s most notorious gangster.

Along with Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, he led the violent Winter Hill Gang, a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets in the Boston area. U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern said in 2000 that the two were “responsible for a reign of intimidation and murder that spanned 25 years.”

Prosecutors said he went on the run after being warned by John Connolly Jr., an FBI agent in Boston who had made Bulger an informant 20 years earlier. Connolly was convicted of racketeering in May 2002 for protecting Bulger and Flemmi, also an FBI informant.

Bulger provided the Boston FBI with information on his gang’s main rival, the New England Mob, in an era when bringing down the Mafia was one of the FBI’s top national priorities.

But the Boston FBI office was sharply criticized when the extent of Bulger’s alleged crimes and his cozy relationship with the FBI became public in the late 1990s.

A congressional committee, in a draft report issued in 2003, blasted the FBI for its use of Bulger and other criminals as informants, calling it “one of the greatest failures in the history of federal law enforcement.”

After he fled, Bulger became one of the nation’s most-hunted fugitives. With a place next to Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, he had a $2 million reward on his head.

In September 2002, the FBI received the most reliable tip in three years when a British businessman who had met Bulger eight years earlier said he spotted Bulger on a London street.

After the sighting, the FBI’s multiagency violent fugitive task force in Boston and inspectors from New Scotland Yard scoured London hotels, Internet cafes and gyms in search of Bulger. The FBI also released an updated sketch, using the businessman’s description of Bulger as tan, white-haired and sporting a gray goatee.

On Monday, the FBI announced a new publicity campaign and accompanying public service ad that asked people, particularly women, to be on the lookout for Greig. The 30-second ad started running Tuesday in 14 television markets to which Bulger may have ties and was to air during programs popular with women roughly Greig’s age.

The new campaign pointed out that Greig had several plastic surgeries before going on the lam and was known to frequent beauty salons.

On Thursday, Bulger’s picture on the Ten Most Wanted list was spanned by a red banner that said “Captured.” Greig’s photo, with the same banner, was displayed prominently.

John Weiskopf, who lives across the street from Bulger’s Santa Monica building, said he recognized Bulger when he saw his photo on the Internet.

“I recognized him. I said `Holy Smokes,'” he said.

“From what I understand, these were really gracious easy-going people,” Weiskopf said. “They don’t come out with fangs, they just blended in.””

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