By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Senior Reporter
While mobster James “Whitey” Bulger sits in a Massachusetts jail, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that the FBI is paying the rent on the Santa Monica, California apartment where he hid out for the last 16 years while on the lam from authorities.
“The FBI paid $1,100 for the month of July,” a source told RadarOnline.com. The Santa Monica apartment, just three blocks from the ocean, was under rent control so Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig paid the low amount on the third floor apartment that would normally rent for about $2,500 a month.
Bulger and Greig were known to other tenants as Charles and Carol Gasko and they paid their rent on time and in cash according to reports.
“The FBI changed the locks on the door,” the source said. “They have had control over the apartment since his arrest and for the whole month of July. It was a crime scene, but they took the tape off last week.”
Bulger was arrested June 22 after being moved to the number one spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted list following the death of Osama bin Laden. Photos released by the FBI on July 14 showed the massive 30 gun stash that Bulger kept in the apartment, along with a grenade, $822,000 in cash and false birth certificates and social security cards.
The photos show hidden compartments carved into the wall of the apartment to hide the weapons and cash.
Bulger was charged with 19 counts of murder and is currently incarcerated at the Plymouth County House of Corrections, in solitary confinement, while he awaits trial.