Joe Bruno on the Mob – Bulger’s Moll Catherine Greig Agrees to Plead Guilty


No matter which way I twist and turn, I can’t understand what the Federal prosecutors were thinking.

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            In a move straight out of the Twilight Zone, Federal prosecutors have decided to let Whitey Bulger’s gal-pal Catherine Grieg plead guilty to three charges, and have also agreed not to force her to testify against Bulger as part of the agreement.

In a plea agreement filed in federal court, Greig said she would plead guilty to three charges: conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud, without an agreed-upon recommendation for sentencing by the government and her attorney. With a little luck, and the help of the Feds, Grieg can serve as little as 32 months in prison.

Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington argued in court that her only crime was falling in love with Bulger and that she had no knowledge of any of his crimes.

And if you believe that, there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. Everybody in Boston knew about Bulger’s crimes; even the fish floundering in Boston Harbor. Yet they expect us to believe Grieg was on the run for 16 years with someone she thought to be a traveling salesman, or something similar.

            Bulger and Grieg were on the run for almost 16 years when they were caught last June living in a Santa Monica, California condominium. When they were captured, Bulger, who will go on trial for participating in 19 murders, had a hidden cache of $800,000 in the condominium walls, as well as an arsenal of guns. Tell me Greig didn’t know about that either.

And what about other cash Bulger has reportedly stashed around the world? What does Greig know about that? Does she know the locations? Amounts? Does anyone really believe the $800,000 found in Santa Monica was all the money Bulger had in the world? The Feds could have pressed Grieg on this, and maybe the families of the murder victims could have gotten a few bucks for their miseries; anything is better than nothing.

            Even though the families of four of Bulger’s murder victims were at the meeting when the prosecutors agreed to the deal, they were not happy. Steve Davis’ sister, Debra, was allegedly strangled by Bulger in 1981. And Frank Donahue’s father, Michael, was allegedly shot and killed by Bulger in 1982 on the South Boston waterfront. Both men said that the prosecutors did not tell them what sentence they would recommend for Greig.

“She helped that guy on the run,” Donahue said, referring to Bulger. “We could have had these answers 16 years ago. She’s a criminal, she’s not a victim. She’s a criminal.”

Davis said he understood that Greig was not the murderer but he was disappointed by “the fact that the government has not put a tight enough grip on everything.”

“What they want out of this is they want the conviction,” he said.

This was a slam dunk for the Feds, and they let a big fish off the hook for a silly conviction, which can amount to as little as 32 months behind bars for Greig?

This just doesn’t make sense to me. But there are a lot of other things the Federal government has done lately that doesn’t make sense to me either.

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James ‘Whitey’ Bulger girlfriend, Catherine Greig, agrees to plead guilty to three charges

By Milton J. Valencia and Shelley Murphy, Globe Staff

Catherine Greig, girlfriend of alleged murderous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, has agreed to plead guilty to charges that she helped him to escape capture while he was on the lam for 16 years.

Catherine Greig (US Marshals Service/AP)

In a plea agreement filed in federal court today, Greig said she would plead to three charges — conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud — without an agreed-upon recommendation for sentencing by the government and her attorney. Greig is slated to go before a federal judge Wednesday.

In a statement of facts signed by Greig, also filed in court, she said, “I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement.”

She admitted that she and Bulger had obtained false identification documents including driver’s licenses and Social Security cards of real people.

She admitted that she used one fake identity to pick up medicine and obtain medical services between 2002 and 2011, and used other aliases while dealing with a dentist who treated Bulger while they lived in Santa Monica, Calif.

Greig said she never used the fake identities “to defraud anyone else of money, good or other property, although I do readily agree that I was in possession of the false identities and that I used the false identities to fill out forms to obtain medical services.”

The documents were filed after relatives of people who were allegedly murdered by Bulger met with prosecutors.

Emerging from the hour-long meeting at US District Court in Boston, Tom Donahue and Steve Davis said prosecutors told them that each charge Greig faces carries a maximum five-year sentence, but that, under federal sentencing guidelines, she could serve as little as 32 months in prison. They also said prosecutors had told them that Greig, 60, would not be forced to testify against Bulger and that the government was not seeking forfeiture of her house.

Donahue and Davis said prosecutors didn’t disclose what sentence they would recommend. Prosecutors declined to comment in a statement issued this afternoon.

Donahue said he was disappointed by the news and felt the government should have been tougher on her.

“She helped that guy on the run,” he said. “We could have had these answers 16 years ago. She’s a criminal, she’s not a victim. She’s a criminal,” he said.

Davis said he understood that Greig was not the murderer — Bulger allegedly murdered 19 people — but Davis was disappointed by “the fact that the government has not put a tight enough grip on everything.”

“What they want out of this is they want the conviction,” he said.

Davis’s sister, Debra, was allegedly strangled by Bulger in 1981. Donahue’s father, Michael, was allegedly shot and killed by Bulger in 1982 on the South Boston waterfront.

Relatives of at least four of Bulger’s alleged victims attended the meeting.

Bulger, who fled just before his January 1995 federal racketeering indictment after being warned by his former FBI handler that he was about to be arrested, was a fixture on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. He was finally captured on June 22 in Santa Monica, with Greig, a former dental hygienist who lived in South Boston and Quincy.

The FBI found more than $800,000 cash and 30 weapons hidden inside the walls of the rent-controlled apartment where the couple had lived as Charles and Carol Gasko for at least 13 years, according to the FBI. They also found numerous false identities allegedly used by the couple.

Since they were returned to the Boston area last year, Greig has remained jailed without bail at a Rhode Island facility, and Bulger is being held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.

Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, has argued in court that her only crime was falling in love with Bulger and that she had no knowledge of any of his crimes. He also said she would not cooperate against Bulger.

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Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend to plead guilty and avoid testimony: report

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Last Updated: 5:26 PM, March 12, 2012

Posted: 5:25 PM, March 12, 2012

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BOSTON — The girlfriend of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger plans to plead guilty this week and will not be forced to testify when she goes on trial for conspiracy to harbor a fugitive and two other charges, The Boston Globe reported.

Catherine Greig, 60, is planning to enter a guilty plea in federal court in Boston on Wednesday, relatives of victims allegedly murdered by Bulger told the paper after meeting with prosecutors.

They said prosecutors also told them that Greig could serve 32 months in prison and would not be forced to testify.

AP

Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of Whitey Bulger.

Greig and Bulger, 82, were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., last June after nearly 17 years on the run.

Bulger, 82, is accused of 19 murders in Boston dating back to the 1970s. He and Greig went into hiding in 1994 after he discovered he was to be arrested.

Some of the victims’ family members were disappointed by the news.

“She helped that guy on the run,” Tom Donahue told the paper. His father, Michael Donahue, was killed in 1982 when he gave a ride to a man Bulger allegedly intended to murder.

“We could have had these answers 16 years ago. She’s a criminal, she’s not a victim. She’s a criminal.”

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2 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Bulger’s Moll Catherine Greig Agrees to Plead Guilty”

  1. If anyone actually believes that the FBI didn’t know the where abouts of Whitey Bulger, yet could find Saddam in a hole in the ground and Osama in a safe house, there’s a second bridge to be sold. Anyone who believes that the feds aren’t covering up for what Whitey knows is also delusional. Whitey loves every moment of this. He thrives on the attention and wants nothing more than to tell his story and reap some benefits because like every other gangster out there, a movie will be made in his ‘honor’.

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