Federal prosecutors pledged Friday to give all of James “Whitey” Bulger’s money to his victims if a judge grants their request for a $25.2 million forfeiture judgment that will allow the government to seize all of the notorious gangster’s assets.
“The government will seek to return assets currently owned by the Defendant, and assets of the Defendant that may be recovered in the future, to the innocent victims in this case,” prosecutors wrote in a motion filed in US District Court. The motion came in response to concerns by some of the victims’ families that the government would keep Bulger’s money.
“Once the Court issues its orders as to forfeiture and restitution, the United States will work with the victims and the Court to resolve issues in determining the best practice in effectuating such a distribution,” Assistant US Attorney Mary B. Murrane wrote.
Lawyers representing the estate of Debra Davis filed a motion last week urging US District Judge Denise J. Casper to reject prosecutors’ request for the forfeiture order, saying it would allow the government to secretly seize Bulger’s assets and keep them.
The Davises’ lawyers urged the judge to order restitution to the victims’ families instead, and to appoint a special investigator to track and seize assets and distribute them among the families.
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