On the eve of his having to self-report to federal prison for the next three years, the brother-in-law of U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney lashed out at the congressman, calling him a “liar” who threw “my sister under the bus for his career.”
Breaking his silence for the first time about his family’s former offshore gambling operation, Daniel Eremian, 62, told reporters at U.S. District Court in Boston today the drama has torn his family apart, and that Tierney’s repeated claims that he knew nothing about Antigua-based Sports Off Shore or the source of the money his wife was raking in is “all hogwash.”
“Tierney is the biggest liar in the world,” Eremian said. “He knew everything that was going on in my family for years. He sat with bookies at Fenway Park [map].”
Attempts to reach Tierney (D-Salem) and his spokespeople for comment by phone and email were not immediately successful.
Richard R. Tisei, former state Senate minority leader and Tierney’s Republican challenger for the 6th District seat on Capitol Hill, told the Herald, “It’s been apparent from the beginning that John knew about the criminal activity that was happening around him for more than a decade.
“He’s obviously turned a blind eye toward what’s been occurring,” Tisei said. “He expects voters to be believe he’s Mr. Magoo. Today we found out that’s true.”
Eremian must turn himself into the U.S. Marshals tomorrow morning. Judge Patti B. Saris sentenced him today to three years in federal prison for his managerial role in the now-defunct Sports Off Shore, which he helped create with fugitive brother Robert Eremian. He must also forfeit $8 million to the federal government.
Daniel Eremian was found guilty in December of racketeering, conspiracy and illegal gaming.
He is the congressman’s second close family member to be federally convicted in less than two years. His wife, Patrice Tierney, is still on supervised probation for helping Robert Eremian file false tax returns in connection with his profits from Sports Off Shore, which prosecutors said exceeded $20 million.
Even after Patrice Tierney was hauled into court and sentenced, her husband distanced himself from the scandal.
“For him to throw my sister under the bus for his career was wrong,” Eremian said. “I’ve told her that.”
UPDATE: A Tierney spokesman released the following statement: "Today, clearly bitter at having lost his case and harboring old family grudges, Daniel Eremian made bizarre, unsubstantiated, and false comments.
Daniel Eremian spent the last several years telling anyone who would listen, including a federal judge and jury, that he was innocent of charges the government accused him of committing. Now he is claiming both to be innocent and that John Tierney should have known that he was guilty. His claims lack both credibility and logic.
The fact of the matter is, John Tierney knew exactly what Federal Judge Tauro, an Assistant U.S. attorney, and a supervising parole officer thought they knew when they issued a Court Order in 2002 to allow Robert Eremian to return to Antigua to continue working at Sports Off Shore, a legal internet gambling company.
After a thorough and exhaustive investigation, Republican-appointed Federal Judge Young said that John Tierney was ’not implicated in this in any way, shape or form.’
Sadly, despite John’s attempts to keep things civil on the rare family occasions when Daniel was present, they did not get along. It is unfortunate that Daniel’s bitterness would rise to this level," said Kathryn Prael, Tierney spokeswoman.