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June 29, 2012

Brother-in-law: Tierney 'knew everything'

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John Tierney, 60, is now seeking his ninth term in Congress and faces a challenge by Wakefield Republican Richard Tisei, a former state senator. 

Asked if he was actually accusing the congressman of being untruthful in his past statements that he did not know there was illegal activity going on, Eremian repeated his claim.

“All I want to do is say he knew,” Eremian told reporters for The Salem News and The Boston Herald outside the courtroom. “For him to throw my sister under the bus was wrong.” 

“Sadly, despite John’s attempts to keep things civil on the rare family occasions when Daniel was present, they did not get along,” Prael said last night. “It is unfortunate that Daniel’s bitterness would rise to this level.”

Eremian said he has not been allowed to talk to his sister and hasn’t seen her since she testified against him during his trial last fall because of the conditions of her probation. 

The bombshell tirade outside the seventh-floor courtroom came shortly after U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris sentenced Eremian to three years in federal prison, a sentence he’s set to start serving this morning, over the protests of his lawyer, who had hoped for a delay.

Saris sentenced Eremian’s co-defendant, Todd Lyons, 38, of Beverly, to four years in federal prison, calling him the “banker” for the Massachusetts branch of the operation. 

The judge said she was troubled by the fact that both men had ample notice that what they were doing was considered illegal by federal authorities — Lyons’ home was raided twice, and he was pulled aside by state troopers. 

Both men, who were convicted in December of illegal gaming, racketeering and conspiracy, will serve a year of probation following their prison terms and are already subject to forfeiture orders, $24 million for Lyons and $7.7 million for Eremian. Eremian was also ordered to forfeit property, including a helicopter. 

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