Federal prosecutors notified a judge today that they will seek additional charges against James “Whitey’’ Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Greig, within the next few weeks, but have yet to decide where – raising the possibility that it could be in Boston or California.
Greig, who is currently facing a charge of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive in federal court in Boston for allegedly helping Bulger to evade capture for more than 16 years, was recently notified by the government that she will face additional charges “and the parties are in discussions as to the forum in which those charges will be brought,’’ the US Attorney’s office wrote in a status report filed in court. The issue should be resolved within the next few weeks, then charges will be brought, prosecutors wrote.
Bulger, 82, a long-time FBI informant who faces a sweeping federal racketeering indictment that includes allegations he killed 19 people, was captured with Greig, 60, on June 22 in Santa Monica, Calif. The FBI found more than $800,000 in cash and 30 guns and knives concealed in the walls of the rent-controlled apartment where the couple had been living for at least 13 years.
Agents also found documents for some 15 false identities allegedly used by Bulger and Greig. Prosecutors previously suggested that they might seek charges involving the weapons or identity fraud. Greig currently faces a maximum of five years in prison for the harboring charge, while Bulger faces life in prison if convicted of any of the murders.
A status conference in Greig’s case is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in US District Court in Boston, but she is not required to be present. Bulger and Greig are both being held in jail while awaiting trial. A judge is currently weighing a request by Greig to overrule a magistrate judge who found that she was a flight risk and refused to release her on bail.