Greig offers to freeze her bank account

Judge takes matter under advisement

Prosecutors said that after her arrest Catherine Greig tried to transfer some assets to her twin sister, Margaret McCusker.

A lawyer for Catherine Greig told a federal judge Monday that the girlfriend of James “Whitey’’ Bulger will voluntarily freeze what has been called “significant assets’’ now that she has pleaded guilty to harboring her gangster boyfriend.

The declaration by Kevin Reddington was made as federal prosecutors asked US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to approve an order allowing them to take control of any savings Greig holds in Eastern Bank.

Prosecutors said that in the months after her arrest last year in California Greig tried to transfer some of her assets to her twin sister, Margaret McCusker of South Boston. She also lied about a hidden bank account, they said.


The prosecutors said that the assets should be seized in anticipation of any fines Woodlock may levy when he sentences Greig on June 12.

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Prosecutors indicated that Greig holds “significant funds’’ in the Eastern Bank account.

At a brief hearing in US District Court in Boston, Assistant US Attorney James Herbert told Woodlock that prosecutors wanted to postpone any action on the request until they can compile a full evaluation of what assets Greig may hold.

Reddington told Woodlock that Greig would voluntarily agree not to touch her assets.

“There’s no contemplative transfers of property; there’s no contemplative movement of funds,’’ Reddington said.


Woodlock took the matter under advisement.

On the same day, prosecutors and a lawyer for Bulger met in a brief conference to update US Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler on the status of that case.

Bowler approved a request by Bulger lawyer J.W. Carney Jr. to document evidence and discovery in the case according to a particular numerical system.

Carney had complained that he has been overwhelmed by voluminous records in the decades-old case.

Assistant US Attorney Brian T. Kelly, chief of the public corruption unit in Boston, argued that the government has handed over an organized evidence system, however.


“It’s a significant case, clearly, but it’s not as complicated as he’s making it out to be,’’ Kelly said.

Bowler told both sides to work collaboratively so that a trial can begin Nov. 5, as planned.

“The basic problem here is you both have to be on the same page,’’ Bowler said, adding that the trial date “remains firm at this time, but we go day to day.’’

A status hearing has been scheduled for April 18.

Greig, 60, and Bulger, 82, were fugitives for more than 16 years, and Bulger ranked on America’s Most Wanted list before they were captured June 22 in Santa Monica, Calif., in the same rent-controlled apartment they had been staying in at least since 1998.

Bulger fled Boston in 1995 after his former FBI handler tipped him off that he was about to be indicted, and he was later accused of 19 slayings.

Greig pleaded guilty on March 14 to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud, for helping Bulger remain in hiding. She faces up to five years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine on each charge.

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