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Man claims he spotted 'Whitey' Bulger years ago

Friday, July 08, 2011
James Whitey Bulger pleaded not guilty to participating in 19 murders, some dating back to the 1970s.

James 'Whitey' Bulger pleaded not guilty to participating in 19 murders, some dating back to the 1970s. (KABC Photo)

A tipster says the FBI could have nabbed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger in Santa Monica three years ago, but they ignored him.

The tipster was in Los Angeles on vacation when he believed he spotted Bulger and called in to the "America's Most Wanted" television show.

The TV show passed along the information to the FBI. But it wasn't until last month that agents found Bulger living in a Santa Monica apartment and arrested him.

The tipster says he should get some of the $2 million in reward money.

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