Joe Bruno on the Mob – Catherine Greig Moves to Protect Properties

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Anyone who spent 16 years living on the lam with Whitey Bulger has to have some guts, but what Bulger’s gal-pal Catherine Greig is trying to get away with now takes some big onions.

It seems that Greig is trying to protect her $343,700 home in Quincy, Massachusetts, by declaring it covered by the state’s Homestead Act. According to the article below in the Boston Globe, “That would potentially safeguard the house against creditors, up to a $500,000 limit, as long as she can prove that it is her primary residence or that she intends it to be.”

Now the law is very ambiguous on this. Greig and her twin sister (last name McCluster) have already asked the courts to let them use this same home, which they co-own, as bail collateral to allow Greig to stay out of jail while awaiting trial for “harboring a fugitive” – Bulger. This request has so far been denied by the courts.

However, if convicted, or maybe even if Grieg is not convicted, the families of Bulger’s alleged 19 victims (There are more than 19, if you ask me), could put a lean on this same house if they are awarded damages in a civil trail against Grieg.

So, in my opinion, she can’t have it both ways. Or could she? Laws, and the way they are interpreted, can sometimes go against common sense.

A good question to ask Greig, who lists her previous occupations as a “ dental hygienist,” is how she ever came up with the money to buy this house in the first place. Was the money provided by Bulger, who never worked an honest day in his life? If that can be proved, then of course the government should seize the house right now and sell it later, to compensate any of the victim’s families who may be awarded judgments in future law suits.

It will be interesting to see how this scene plays out. Justice is not always done.

The link is for article below is:
http://articles.boston.com/2011-07-27/news/29821453_1_catherine-greig-bulger-legal-fees

July 27, 2011|By Milton J. Valencia, Globe Staff

Earlier this month, Greig’s representatives sought to protect her $343,700 home in Quincy by declaring it covered by the state’s Homestead Act. That would potentially safeguard the house against creditors, up to a $500,000 limit, as long as she can prove that it is her primary residence or that she intends it to be.

The maneuvers come as Greig and her twin sister McCusker have proposed using both properties as security for Greig’s release while she awaits trial for harboring a fugitive.

But legal analysts say Greig’s efforts to protect her assets could be fruitless if courts determine the measures were taken to defraud creditors.

“It would be one thing if it were to help her sister pay legal fees; it would be another if this were more or less a shell transaction to shield assets she has against creditors. You’re not allowed to do that,’’ said attorney Jeffrey Denner, who successfully represented the family of one of Bulger’s alleged victims in a civil lawsuit against him.

Denner said Greig may not be subject to a lawsuit by his client, the family of alleged Bulger victim John McIntyre, because of legal issues. But he said other victims could consider claims against Greig for helping Bulger remain at large. She could also face hefty fines if convicted in federal court.

“Certainly, if there’s forfeitures, if there’s fines, any property she had … could be subject to being taken,’’ Denner said.

A spokeswoman for pretrial services in US District Court in Boston, which oversees a defendant’s bail conditions, would not comment on Greig’s assets.

Greig, 60, a dental hygienist by trade, was arrested June 22 inside the Santa Monica, Calif., apartment she shared with Bulger, just days after the FBI initiated a media blitz featuring a 30-second television spot publicizing the worldwide hunt for the couple. The spot aired during commercial breaks of daytime shows such as “The View,’’ “Ellen,’’ and “Live with Regis & Kelly.’’

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