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Reputed Mobster’s Sister Drops Claim

October 18, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ The sister of an alleged mobster on the FBI’s ″10 Most Wanted″ list has given up trying to collect his share of a $14 million lottery jackpot.

Jean Holland, the sister of fugitive James ``Whitey″ Bulger, told a court last week that she would no longer pursue her brother’s $1.9 million share of the Mass Millions lottery, which he and three others won in 1991.

Bulger received the money in yearly increments until he was indicted and fled in 1995, and it has since been held by federal authorities.

Holland’s attorney said a new law which forbids fugitives from using their relatives to take back government-seized property made it almost impossible for her to collect the winnings.

Bulger and Stephen ``The Rifleman″ Flemmi are accused of involvement in 21 murders over a 30-year period. Flemmi is in prison awaiting trial.

In a related development, federal investigators and state police were reported to have resumed the search for Flemmi’s former girlfriend Deborah Davis, who disappeared in 1981.

Last month, federal and state law enforcement authorities unearthed two bodies of alleged victims of Bulger’s gang.

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