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June 30, 2012

Congressman fires back, defends reputation

SALEM — Congressman John Tierney denied once again yesterday that he knew anything about his in-laws’ illegal gambling operation and said his convicted brother-in-law, Daniel Eremian, was “angry” and “lashing out” when he told The Salem News on Thursday that the congressman “knew everything.”

“His comments are totally inconsistent and totally bizarre,” Tierney said yesterday in an interview. “He professed his innocence to everyone (in court) minutes before and then said I knew everything illegal he was doing.”

Eremian made his comments outside a Boston courtroom moments after he was sentenced to three years in prison for his part in a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling operation in Antigua run by his older brother, Robert Eremian.

Along with calling Tierney “the biggest liar in the world,” Eremian said Tierney had sat next to bookies at Fenway Park and that his claims of ignorance about the family business were “hogwash.”

Tierney said he was caught off guard by Eremian’s comments.

“I was incredulous,” he said. “Where the hell is this coming from? I don’t know why he would inflict all this pain on his sister.”

Eremian’s sister is Tierney’s wife, Patrice, who was sentenced to 30 days in prison in 2011 after pleading guilty to helping her brother Robert Eremian file fraudulent tax returns in connection with the offshore gambling operation.

Patrice Tierney managed a bank account for her brother, through which some $7 million flowed, which she used to pay his taxes, maintain his property, and support his wife and children. She also received $223,000 in what she described as “gifts” from her brother.

John Tierney said he believed Robert Eremian’s offshore betting company, called Sports Off Shore, was legal and cited the fact that a judge allowed him to return to Antigua to work for the company in 2002, after he had been convicted of tax evasion.

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