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Whitey Bulger admits stashing money with trusted associates, prosecutors say


Whitey Bulger told FBI agents that he stashed cash with associates during his 14 years as a fugitive, according to court documents released Monday.

The FBI found more than $800,000 hidden in the walls of his Santa Monica apartment, where he lived  while being sought on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.

In an interview with the FBI on a flight from Los Angeles to Boston, Bulger admitted that he “previously stashed money with people he trusted." But he did not say whether anyone was hiding assets for him now, according to the court records.

In court Friday in Boston, Bulger asked for a government-paid defense attorney, saying he didn't have the money to hire his own. Prosecutors scoffed at that notion.

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“He was found with $800,000 in cash," said Assistant U.S. Atty. Brian T. Kelly, according to the Boston Globe.  “We think he has access to more."

The 81-year-old is allegedly responsible for numerous crimes, including 19 killings, and faces two separate federal indictments, one from 1995 and the other from 1999.

Bulger also has been charged in murder cases in Florida and Oklahoma. He does not face the death penalty in the federal cases, but district attorneys in both states said they would explore the option in their own cases.


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Photo: A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger during his initial appearance Friday in a federal courtroom in Boston. Also depicted are his brother William Bulger, left, and Judge Marianne Bowler.

Credit: Associated Press

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