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Girlfriend of alleged mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger pleads guilty

March 14, 2012 |  1:26 pm

Catherine greigThe girlfriend of alleged mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to helping him avoid capture for 16 years.

The Boston Globe reported that Catherine E. Greig broke down in tears briefly during the afternoon plea hearing in Boston federal court.

Greig last week agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud, according to court records. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine for each charge, according to the agreement.

According to a statement of facts included in the plea, Greig fled the Boston area with Bulger in February 1995. During their exile they also traveled to Louisiana, Chicago and New York, according to the documents. They were discovered last year living in an apartment in Santa Monica.

Greig admitted in the statement that she and Bulger posed as Carol and Charles Gasko while they lived in California. She had multiple driver's licenses, Social Security cards and other types of identification belonging to real people. She said her only source of income during that time was cash given to her by Bulger.

"I also told false cover stories to people we met in Santa Monica in order to conceal our true identities from law enforcement," she said in the statement.


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Photo: Catherine Greig. Credit: U.S. Marshals Service