The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Boston to four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns for her brother, who is a federal fugitive indicted on illegal gambling charges.
Prosecutors say Patrice Tierney managed a Massachusetts bank account for her brother, Robert Eremian, that received more than $7 million in illegal gambling profits, and that she provided information to his tax preparer that mischaracterized his profits as commissions.
Eremian and another brother, Daniel Eremian, were recently charged with racketeering, money laundering, operating an illegal gambling business, filing false tax returns and other charges in connection with running an illegal gambling business in the United States from the Caribbean island of Antigua.
Outside the courtroom after the hearing, John Tierney told reporters, “Today’s not about me. I’m here in support of my wife,” and refused to take questions.