• Doc: Gov't plans to divide Bulger's assets between families of victims


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The U.S. Government said it doesn't plan to contest the accuracy of any of the restitution claims made by families of James "Whitey" Bulger's extortion and murder victims, but plan to divide Bulger's assets equally between them anyway.

    The Government filed a list of claims Friday. In total, the families have asked for $830,010,276 with the family of murder victim Roger Wheeler asking for $810 million.

    The figures factor in funeral costs and how much money the victims could have made and contributed to their families.

    Debra Davis' family is seeking just under $2 million. Investigators claim Davis was killed after she planned to end her relationship with Bulger's associate, Stephen Flemmi. He brother, Steve, said this isn't about putting a price on grief.

    The family of another one of Bulger's alleged victims, Al Plummer, is seeking $380,000 in restitution.

    Members of Michael Donahue's family estimated their losses at $2.2 million.

    U.S. officials said that after the forfeiture order is issued, they plan to divide any of Bulger's assets equally between the estates of the murder victims with smaller shares going to the families of extortion victims.

    Bulger is set to be sentenced next week. He was convicted in August of participating in 11 of 19 killings in his racketeering indictment. The 84-year-old is facing two life sentences plus 5 years in prison.

    The families of his victims will be allowed to speak at sentencing.

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