Federal prosecutors announced that they are preparing to distribute nearly $822,000 seized from famous Southie mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to the families of victims he murdered and the people he extorted.
According to Boston.com, prosecutors filed documents in federal court on Tuesday that the money, guns, jewelry and other items of value found in Bulger’s California apartment will be divvied up to the families of victims after a final forfeiture order goes through.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s spokeswoman Christian Dilorio-Sterling told Boston.com that prosecutors have been moving forward to provide the funds to the families.
Bulger, 84, was sentenced to life in prison on November 14 for a laundry list of charges including 11 murders, extortion and many other crimes throughout his reign of organized crime activities from the late 1950’s until fleeing in 1994. He evaded authorities for 16 years and was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive List for 12 years. He and his girlfriend Catherine Greig were arrested in Santa Monica, California on June 22, 2011.