Thursday, May 28, 2015

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s cash set to go to victims

Federal prosecutors are poised to distribute nearly $822,000 that was seized from James “Whitey” Bulger to the families of 20 murder victims and three men who were extorted by the gangster, according to authorities.

A judge approved the preliminary forfeiture order two years ago after sentencing Bulger to life in prison for participating in 11 murders while running a sprawling South Boston-based criminal enterprise. But the process stalled when the widow of one of Bulger’s victims launched an unsuccessful legal challenge seeking a larger share of the assets.

“Now that the court of appeals has dismissed a challenge to the forfeiture we have been moving forward in our efforts to provide these funds to the victims and have been working with them directly over the past several weeks,” said Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.


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