Federal prosecutors urged a judge today to issue a $25.2 million forfeiture judgment against notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, which would allow them to seize all of his assets, including any future profits he may make.
In a motion filed in US District Court in Boston, prosecutors said evidence at Bulger’s eight-week racketeering trial showed that he raked in $25,162,800 from shaking down drug dealers, businessmen, and one of his murder victims, Arthur “Bucky” Barrett.
Bulger, 84, was convicted in August of 31 of 32 counts in a sweeping federal racketeering indictment as jurors found he participated in 11 of 19 murders he was charged with in the 1970s and 1980s.
“The Defendant’s racketeering conspiracy spanned decades. ... The evidence at trial established, and counsel for the Defendant submitted to the jury, that the interests acquired and maintained ... totaled millions upon millions upon millions of dollars,” prosecutors wrote in their motion.
“More specifically, as detailed below, the gross proceeds generated from the Defendant’s racketeering conspiracy totaled well over $25 million,” the motion said.