Remember that old guy you once saw walking around Castle Island and you wondered if that could be him?
The feds claim Whitey Bulger made several trips back to Boston from his California hideout "to take care of some unfinished business."
The allegation is in a motion filed by the US Attorney's Office in Boston today that asks a federal judge to force Bulger's brothers William, former state-senate president, and John, disgraced former court clerk, to swear they have no intention of helping their brother out with his legal bills.
According to the filing, Bulger admitted to federal agents he'd visited Las Vegas, Mexico and Boston during his 16 years on the lam:
Bulger acknowledged visiting Las Vegas on numerous occasions to play the slots and claimed he won more than he lost. Bulger also admitted traveling to San Diego and then crossing over into Tijuana to purchase medicines. Moreover, according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent Richard Teahan, Bulger admitted traveling (in disguise) to Boston on several occasions while "armed to the teeth" because he "had to take care of some unfinished business." Bulger refused to elaborate on whom he visited, when exactly he visited, and who was with him on these trips to Boston. While Bulger also admitted that he had previously stashed money with people he trusted, he did not identify anyone who might be currently hiding his assets.
Bulger's temporary court-appointe lawyer, meanwhile, filed a couple of briefs himself, one a request for an order to make the FBI stop leaking stuff about Bulger to the Globe, another reiterating his request for a permanent court-appointed lawyer, on the assumption the government would move to seize any money Bulger might use to hire one himself:
Mr. Bulger has not and will not request any members of his extended family to pay anything for his defense, nor can he control any family member's assets to pay anything for his defense. His family has not come forward to hire counsel, and there is no evidence to support the government's surmise that extended family members might be willing and able to hire counsel or make some contribution toward the cost of hiring counsel.
A federal judge holds a hearing tomorrow on whether Bulger can afford a lawyer.
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