US Representative John F. Tierney’s wife was receiving funds from her fugitive brother as far back as the early 1990s, when Patrice Tierney was going through a divorce and John Tierney was her divorce attorney.
According to records recently reviewed by The Boston Globe, Patrice Tierney’s brother, Robert Eremian, was covering her living expenses during her divorce, including $7,000 of John Tierney’s legal fee, at a time when Eremian was under federal investigation for running a sports betting business from his Lynnfield home.
Although there is no evidence that John Tierney knew Eremian was paying part of his bill, the funds that Eremian paid to Patrice Tierney raise new questions about John Tierney’s repeated statement that he was unaware of the extent of his wife’s financial dealings with his brother-in-law.
Less than a month after Patrice Tierney and her former husband filed their divorce settlement, in October 1995, State Police working with federal prosecutors raided Eremian’s residence, seizing evidence that led to an initial 1998 indictment on gambling charges and a 2002 guilty plea on tax fraud charges.
Matt Robison, Tierney’s campaign manager, said John and Patrice Tierney were not personally involved with each other while Tierney was her lawyer, and that John Tierney did not know Eremian was running a gambling operation.
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