A lawyer for one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims has won a lien on the $800,000 in cash authorities found in Bulger’s Santa Monica, Calif., apartment when he was arrested last week after 16 years as a fugitive.
U.S. District Judge William Young issued an order Friday placing a lien on the money, which means the cash will be frozen for now.
Boston attorney Anthony Cardinale, who represents Julie Dammers, said a judge will decide later whether Dammers or the government will get the $800,000.
Dammers and her ex-husband Stephen Rakes, say they were forced at gunpoint to sell their liquor store to Bulger.
Cardinale argued that the money should be used to help pay off an unpaid civil judgment Rakes and her ex-husband received.
Prosecutors have said they plan to seek forfeiture of Bulger’s assets.