Catherine Greig, a notorious Boston mob boss’ girlfriend, pleaded guilty in federal court on new contempt charges. The woman was already serving time in jail because she helped James “Whitey” Bulger, a well-known Boston crime boss, evade law enforcement for 16 years.
The announcement was made by the Justice Department on Wednesday.
Greig was sentenced to eight years in jail for helping her then-boyfriend escape authorities. She was convicted because she declined to reveal the name and other helpful data on people that helped the mobster stay hidden for more than a decade.
Two years ago, she was ordered by a U.S. district judge to offer prosecution the necessary info on the people that helped her lover dodge police between 1995 and 2011. According to court papers, over that period the couple lived in a beachfront apartment in California under fake identities.
Michael Esslinger, a best-selling author who was interested in the fugitives’ story, said that Bulger, 81, had told him that he perceived that time as a 16-year-long honeymoon. In the summer of 2011 the two lovers were finally arrested but the woman pleaded not guilty to accusations that she concealed her boyfriend.
A year later, the woman changed her stance and pleaded guilty on a couple of charges of identity theft and conspiracy to hide Bulger. She got 12 years behind bars. In 2013 she appealed the decision but the appeals court upheld the ruling.
The federal court announced that the woman would be sentenced for the latest charges on April 28. Three years ago, Bulger, an Irish-born crime syndicate boss doing business in South Boston, has received two sentences of life in prison plus an extra five years.
He was convicted for money laundering, illegal weapon possession, extortion, and murder. A federal court found him guilty of murdering 11 people. He was found guilty on almost all 32 counts.
His life stirred the interest of criminologists and Hollywood directors alike. In the “Black Mass,” a 2015 crime film directed by Scott Cooper, Johnny Depp plays Bulger. In a recent interview the actor told reporters that he tried to portray the mobster as a ‘human being’ not just an individual in the crime business.
But Bulger apparently was unimpressed. His lawyer accused Hollywood of greed and said that his client would rather see the American actor play the Mad Hatter again. The lawyer was also upset that the movie did not present “federal government’s complicity” in the case, as well.
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