Crime + Justice

'Whitey' Bulger's girlfriend pleads guilty on contempt charges

Catherine Greig is already in prison for helping "Whitey" Bulger avoid authorities.

Story highlights

  • "Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine Greig, is already serving an eight-year sentence for helping him avoid authorities
  • A judge ordered Greig to divulge information on those who also helped harbor him
  • She will be sentenced April 28

(CNN)The former girlfriend of convicted mobster James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to contempt charges, Justice Department officials announced.

Catherine Greig, who is already serving an eight-year prison sentence for helping Bulger avoid police, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt.
Greig, 64, had been accused of failing to provide information on others who might have helped Bulger while he avoided authorities for 16 years.
    In 2014, U.S. District Judge Denise Casper issued an order demanding that Greig provide details about anyone who helped Bulger hide from 1995 to 2011.
    During that time, Bulger and Greig lived as Charlie and Carol Gasko in a seaside apartment in Santa Monica, California. In his letters to author Michael Esslinger, Bulger described that time as "a 16-year honeymoon."
    After they were arrested in June 2011, Greig pleaded not guilty to harboring and concealing Bulger.
    The following year, Greig pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive and two counts of identity theft. She was sentenced in June 2012 to eight years in federal prison, a term an appeals court upheld in May 2013.
    She will be sentenced for criminal contempt on April 28.
    Bulger, an Irish mob boss in Boston, was found guilty in August 2013 on 31 of 32 counts, including extortion, money laundering, drug dealing and weapons possession. A federal jury held Bulger responsible for the murders of 11 people. He was was sentenced in November 2013 to two life terms plus five years.