‘Whitey’ Bulger’s lover indicted on criminal contempt charge

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‘Whitey’ Bulger’s lover indicted on criminal contempt charge.

The longtime girlfriend and fugitive companion of the Boston mobster James (Whitey) Bulger was indicted Tuesday on a charge she refused to testify about whether other people helped him during his 16 years on the run. Federal authorities said Greig was flouting the law by refusing to testify, but her lawyer accused the government of vindictiveness and harassment for continuing to target the 64-year-old woman. Catherine Greig, 64, a former dental hygienist and dog groomer who fled Boston with Bulger in 1995, was arrested with the gangster in 2011 in the garage of their rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, where they lived under the names Carol and Charlie Gasko.

Greig is serving an eight-year-sentence at a minimum security prison in Minnesota after being convicted of identity fraud and harboring a fugitive. “Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing,” said the FBI’s Joseph R. His trial detailed his corrupt relationship with federal agents and prosecutors in Boston who turned a blind eye to his crimes in return for information they could use against the Italian Mafia. It’s unclear how much more time she could spend behind bars if convicted of the new charge. “She knows nothing,” Greig’s twin sister, Margaret McCusker, of South Boston, said during a brief telephone interview Tuesday. “There is no reason for her to talk to anybody because she doesn’t know anything.” McCusker questioned the fairness of punishing Greig more harshly than some of Bulger’s underworld associates who were given short prison terms for murder in exchange for cooperating with the government.

Bulger’s life of crime and his role as an FBI informant are depicted in “Black Mass,” a film released last week starring Johnny Depp as Bulger. “Other than living with Mr. This is just harassment and she is not going to cooperate with them.” Prosecutors have said Greig helped Bulger evade capture by taking him to medical appointments, pretending to be his wife so she could pick up his prescription and using false identities. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney’s office, said Greig will have to appear in federal court in Boston for her arraignment on the new criminal contempt charge. Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, told PEOPLE: “It’s clear that the government is targeting my client in a vindictive and harassing way,” Reddington told PEOPLE. “Why everyone else is going to the movies, my client is going to jail for a longer period of time.” Redding was referring to the movie Black Mass, about Bulger’s life, in which Johnny Depp plays Bulger. Bulger’s defense attorney, Hank Brennan, told PEOPLE that Bulger was upset about the movie, saying, “Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned.” Brennan said that the movie didn’t focus sufficiently on Bulger’s longstanding relationship with the FBI as an informant: “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.” Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage?

Casper, who presided over Bulger’s 2013 racketeering trial, issued an order Nov. 20, 2014, compelling Greig to testify before the grand jury “regarding an investigation into third parties who assisted and harbored” Bulger while he was a fugitive from 1995 to 2011. The government has pledged to split the $822,000 from the apartment and any other assets it seizes from Bulger among the relatives of his alleged victims. In letters written from jail after his capture, Bulger complained bitterly about Greig’s sentence and said the government should have given her a medal because she had done what no law enforcement agency could do: keep him crime-free for more than 16 years.

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