Skip to comments.Congressmanís wife defiant on the stand in gambling trial
Posted on 11/21/2011 10:52:24 AM PST by raccoonradio
A tense, argumentative Patrice Tierney testified under oath today that she still believes her fugitive brother Robert Eremian is a legitimate, albeit highly paid, software consultant in Antigua and not the kingpin behind a multimillion dollar gambling empire that prosecutors claim.
Hes very good with software, the 60-yer-old wife of U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney told the jury in the federal racketeering and money laundering trial of her other brother, former Florida restauranteur Daniel Eremian, 61.
Congressman Tierney, a Salem Democrat, did not accompany his wife of 14 years to U.S. District Court in Boston.
Patrice Tierney, a wedding and banquet planner at Salems historical Hawthorne Hotel, acknowledged depositing some $5 million in a local bank account for Robert Eremian between 2004 and 2010, but said she never questioned his line of business.
After first claiming she didnt recognize the figures placed before her by assistant U.S. attorney Fred Wyshak Jr., Tierney admitted to writing checks to herself over the same time period totaling $173,047.00 while managing the account in his absence, and never reporting it as income.
I was being appreciated, said Tierney, testifying under a grant of immunity from prosecution.
Tierney said she and her husband have visited the palatial Antigua headquarters of Sports Off Shore at least twice and although she saw about a half a dozen people working on computers, surrounded by television monitorsemployees that prosecutors and other witnesses have claimed were taking bets night and dayshe said she never questioned what was going on.
Asked by Wyshak if Congressman Tierney saw what was going on, Patrice Tierney tersely answered, He dined there. He sat down and we had dinner6:30, we go to bed early.
Arent those prime gambling hours? an incredulous Wyshak asked.
I dont know. I dont gamble, Tierney fired back.
You do know, Ms. Tierney, Wyshak said.
Patrice Tierney is currently on supervised probation for pleading guilty to helping Robert Eremian file false tax returns claiming he was a software consultant.
She also saw no problem when her brother asked her obtain a bank check in 2004 for $250,000 made payable to Benevolence Fundingone of the alleged shell companies prosecutors assert the Eremian brothers created to cover their gambling collections.
I didnt understand it to be anything. I was just sending a check to my brother. I didnt think much of it, Tierney said.
You didnt think that he was donating $250,000 to charity did you? Wyshak asked her.
Um ... its possible, Tierney replied, explaining that she had used the same bank account to donate $200,000 to the Bill Clinton Foundation for disaster relief, as well as charitable donations for cancer and autism research, Santas Little Helpers and victims of 911.
Howie Carr list ping, you bet!
Bill Hudan ran unsuccessfully against Tierney in ‘10. At least two Republicans have entered the race for next year,
Tierney and former State Sen/Lt Gov nominee Richard Tisei.
OMG - isn’t that John Kerry’s twin sister? Not to mention his ‘soul sister’....
Why is it illegal to have a Sportsbook in Antigua if you are an American?