Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 2, 2012

Brother-in-law says congressman knew of illegal gambling

— BOSTON - Moments after learning he'll spend the next three years in federal prison, Daniel Eremian blasted his brother-in-law, Massachusetts Congressman John F. Tierney, outside the courtroom, claiming Tierney is a "liar" and "knew everything" about an illegal family gambling operation.

Eremian, 62, lashed out at the Democratic congressman following his sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court on gambling and racketeering charges. In addition to prison time he was ordered to forfeit $7.7 million.

Eremian, convicted by a federal jury last year, also said he believes his sister, Patrice Tierney, the wife of the congressman, was forced to enter a plea agreement with prosecutors to save her husband's political career.

Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in 2010 to helping her other brother, Robert Eremian, file false tax returns from revenues generated by the illegal gambling enterprise. She spent a month at a federal prison camp in Connecticut and five months under house arrest.

Robert Eremian remains a fugitive from justice in Antigua, where he moved his gaming operation, Sports Off Shore, following a raid by law enforcement in the mid-1990s.

Congressman Tierney, 60, is seeking his ninth term representing Massachusett's 6th District, a seat he's held since 1998. His Republican opponent is state Senate Minority Leader Richard R. Tisei.

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Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

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