Girlfriend of notorious Boston mob boss could face more time in Minnesota prison


She has been in a minimum security prison in Minnesota for three years, but on Monday the "longtime companion" of a notorious mob boss traveled to the East Coast to answer a charge of criminal contempt.

At a hearing in Boston, Catherine Greig, 64, pleaded not guilty to contempt, following an indictment that says she hindered an FBI investigation into James "Whitey" Bulger by refusing to reveal who helped the couple go "on the lam," ABC News reports.

Bulger and Greig were on the run for 16 years after fleeing Boston in 1995, before they were eventually captured in California, living in plain sight under aliases, in 2011, court documents show.

According to the Massachusetts District Attorney's Office, Greig "repeatedly refused" to testify to a grand jury investigating whether anyone helped the pair escape.

If found guilty, it could mean Greig sees time tacked on to her eight-year sentence that she's currently serving at the Federal Correctional Institution of Waseca, where she has been since 2012 after being convicted for helping Bulger evade capture.

"Catherine Greig has yet again failed to do the right thing," Joseph R. Bonavolonta, acting special agent in charge of the FBI, Boston Field Division, said in a news release. "Her refusal to testify has hindered the FBI's efforts to seek justice for the victims of his crimes. Our efforts to find those who assisted them during their lives as fugitives will not stop despite the fact that Ms. Greig has refused to testify."

Meanwhile Bulger was convicted in 2013 of murdering or ordering the killings of 11 people while the boss of the "Winter Hill" gang in the 1970s and 1980s, and is serving two life terms in prison.

FBI still searching for Bulger's "hidden loot"

The Boston Herald reports the case against Greig is about more than who helped the pair while on the run, it's also about federal agents trying to locate money and other valuables that Bulger may have hidden.

Their attempts, however, may prove fruitless, with Greig's lawyer Kevin Reddington saying at Monday's arraignment: "They're not going to get anything out of her ... she's just not going to cooperate with the government, that's all. She doesn't know anything. She doesn't know where the money is."

Bulger's criminal career was recently the subject of a Hollywood film, called "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp. However, the scenes involving Greig's character, played by Sienna Miller, didn't make the final cut, according to Cinema Blend.

KEYC reports the prison in Waseca houses "several hundred" female inmates, on the site of the former University of Minnesota, Waseca campus that closed in 1992.

It initially had male inmates as well, with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling one of those in 1996, before it became an all-female facility in 2008, the news station says.

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