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Whitey Bulger's companion charged with harboring gangster

August 11, 2011 | 12:19 pm

Photo: Catherine Greig and James "Whitey" Bulger. Credit: FBI

A federal grand jury in Boston on Thursday indicted James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime companion, Catherine Greig, with harboring and concealing a fugitive.

Greig and Bulger lived for years hiding in plain sight in a Santa Monica apartment. Bulger had fled from Boston, wanted in connection with 19 homicides and on other charges.

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The Boston Globe said the indictment contends Greig "conspired to take steps to prevent Bulger’s discovery and arrest, after knowledge of the fact that a warrant had been issued for his apprehension."

After they were arrested, Greig sought to be released from custody -- something prosecutors opposed.

During a court hearing last month, FBI agent Michael Carasza said Greig had used fake ID cards regularly, including for the purchase of medication for herself and Bulger. The  FBI showed videotape of Greig getting prescriptions at a Santa Monica drugstore.

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Authorities are trying to figure out how Bulger -- one of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives -- was able to live fairly openly in Santa Monica. One key question is whether he got financial help. The FBI found more than $800,000 in cash inside the walls of the apartment.

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


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Photo: Catherine Greig and James "Whitey" Bulger. Credit: FBI