Federal prosecutors plan to seek a new indictment against the longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, according to a written status report filed in court Wednesday.
Catherine Greig, 60, already has been indicted for allegedly helping Bulger elude authorities after he fled Boston in late 1994, just before he was indicted on racketeering charges. The couple was apprehended in Santa Monica, Calif., in June after spending more than 16 years on the run.
Greig's lawyers and prosecutors are expected to present the status report to a judge in court Thursday.
The filing by prosecutors, which was reviewed by The Associated Press, says the government "anticipates seeking a superseding indictment in the future." No other details were provided.
Greig has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive. The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Her lawyer, Kevin Reddington, did not immediately return a message left on his cellphone seeking comment Wednesday.
Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is charged for his alleged role in 19 murders. Prosecutors say Greig actively helped Bulger, now 82, escape capture.
Her lawyer has said she was in love with Bulger and didn't know the extent of his alleged crimes when she left Boston with him in 1995.
In their court filing Wednesday, prosecutors say it is premature to know whether there could be a plea deal in the case against Greig.
"It is too early to determine whether plea negotiations will resolve this case," First Assistant Jack Pirozzolo and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Herbert wrote.
Reddington has said Greig will not cooperate with authorities in their case against Bulger.
"She's going to trial on the case _ that's it," Reddington said last month, after Greig pleaded not guilty to the charge.