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The girlfriend of an ex-mafia boss in Boston was charged with contempt of court and is expected to enter a guilty plea on Wednesday. Allegedly, Catherine Greig refused to testify that she and her husband received help while they were on the run for 16 years.

Boyfriend on the FBI's Most Wanted List

Formerly on the FBI's most wanted list, the woman's boyfriend, James "Whitey" Bulger, was arrested in 2011 and convicted in 2013 of either killing or ordering the murders of 11 individuals. The crimes were committed while Bulger led Boston's "Winter Hill" mafia from the 1970s through the 1980s.

The 2013 trial against Bulger revealed that corrupt Irish-American FBI agents in Boston ignored Bulger's crimes. In exchange, Bulger provided the FBI with intelligence on Italian-American mafia activity.

Bulger's story was recently depicted in the movie, "Black Mass," where he was played by Johnny Depp. However, the movie did not feature Bulger's girlfriend, Greig.

Arrested at the Same Time as Bulger

In 2011, Greig was arrested at the same time as Bulger. In 2012, she pleaded guilty to harboring her fugitive boyfriend and to identity fraud. According to her court case, she was on the run with Bulger since 1994, when Bulger was warned that the FBI would soon be arresting him. Her 2012 guilty plea resulted in an 8-year federal prison sentence. Pleading guilty to the current charges of contempt could result in even more prison time for the woman.

Has Greig Already Been Punished Enough?

Greig's twin sister publicly criticized the federal government's contempt charges, saying that her sister is serving enough time as it is.

If these criminal proceedings turn out well for Greig, perhaps the court will agree with her sister and not punish her with additional time in jail. However, federal statutes do not offer an upper limit on prison terms for contempt convictions, so it is difficult to tell what will happen during the woman's sentencing hearing.

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