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June 30, 2012

Congressman fires back, defends reputation

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A federal judge, an Antiguan immigration officer and the U.S. Attorney’s Office all signed off on Robert Eremian’s return to Antigua to continue work at Sports Off Shore. Because of that, Tierney said he and his wife had no reason to question the legality of the enterprise there.

In court, Patrice Tierney admitted that she should have asked more questions about the nature of the business and acknowledged being “willfully blind.”

The court “believed she should have known,” John Tierney said yesterday.

Should he have known, too?

“Obviously, if there is a court order allowing Robert Eremian to go down there, they believed it was legal. A judge signed off on it, a probation supervisor thought it was appropriate, and so I think it is perfectly reasonable for someone to assume it was a legitimate source of income,” Tierney said.

“People can disagree if they want to disagree. But if a judge and a probation supervisor don’t think it’s unreasonable, why would I think it was?”

Tierney said he learned about the bank account his wife was managing “sometime shortly after the court order” that allowed Robert Eremian to go back to Antigua. Tierney said he never questioned whether the money was legitimate.

“The judge gave him the order allowing him to go. They knew he was gambling, we knew he was gambling ... and we knew the judge gave him permission,” Tierney said. “We assumed (the money) was (obtained by) legal means.”

Robert Eremian’s “kids were up here floundering. He assumed that (Patrice) would take care of it,” Tierney said.

As for Daniel Eremian, Tierney said, “I’ve never gotten along with Daniel. I can tell you some things the judges and prosecutors have said about my wife and how she is, and I can tell you that Danny is not from the same DNA.”

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