Grand jury to probe Boston mob boss' life on run

July 19, 2011 - 4:45 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is apparently investigating the time former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend spent on the run.

Joshua Bond, property manager at the apartment complex in Santa Monica, Calif., where Bulger and Catherine Greig stayed for most of their 16 years on the run, said Tuesday he has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Boston. Bond said he didn't know if other residents of the apartments also had been subpoenaed.

"I really have no comment about anything other than I did get a subpoena and I have to come to Boston," Bond told The Associated Press Tuesday, after the grand jury was first reported in The Boston Globe.

Bond said the apartment itself is still in the custody of the FBI.

Bulger and Greig were arrested there last month, more than 16 years after Bulger allegedly fled Boston.

Bulger, now 81, the former leader of the violent Winter Hill Gang, is accused of participating in 19 murders. Greig, 60, is charged with harboring a fugitive.

During Greig's detention hearing last week, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Herbert argued that Greig has an incentive to flee before her trial. Herbert said Greig faces at least 33 months in prison on the harboring charge and could face additional charges, including conspiracy, identity theft, accessory after the fact and illegal possession of weapons.

Authorities said they found more than $822,000 in cash, 30 weapons and at least a dozen sets of documents to make false IDs with in the Santa Monica apartment.

Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, declined to comment on the grand jury.

"We don't confirm or deny grand jury investigations," she said.

Bulger was a top-echelon FBI informant who provided information on his gang's main rivals, the Italian Mafia. He fled Boston just before he was indicted on racketeering charges in 1995. Former Boston FBI Agent John Connolly Jr. was convicted in 2002 on racketeering and obstruction of justice charges for tipping Bulger off to the indictment.

Bulger was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list before he and Greig were caught in Santa Monica.