29th of June 2012 Author: Glo Wood
The US online sports betting operator fiercely criticizes his brother-in-law
Following the recent charges for illegal offshore gambling business, US online sports betting operator Daniel Eremian has been sentenced by the Massachusetts District Court to three years' imprisonment.
However, Eremian's harsh outside-the-court statements about his brother-in-law U.S. Rep. John Tierney attracted more media attention than the court proceedings as the defendant claimed Tierney 'knew everything" about the illegal activity.
"He knew everything that was going on. He sat in the boxes with bookies at Fenway Park," Eremian stated.
Such Eremian's allegations were called "bizarre, unsubstantiated and false" and attributed to the family grudge by the Tierney's spokesperson Kathryn Prael.
"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," Prael said.
Politician Tierney's wife and Eremian's sister Patrice Tierney already served a 30-day prison sentence after pleading guilty to assisting the filing false tax returns for another brother, Robert Eremian, who has been indicted on illicit gambling and money laundering charges for running Sports Off Shore in Antigua and is currently at large.
According to Patrice Tierney, she and her husband, a Democrat from Massachusetts' 6th District expecting a re-election challenger, were not aware that Robert Eremian was pursuing an illegal gambling operation. She stated she was only managing a bank account to help him care for his children.
Additionally, John Tierney said his wife was deceived by her brother who led her believe his income originated from selling or licensing software to legal Internet gambling operations.
For his part, Daniel Eremian told local newspapers that his sister was forced to enter a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to save her husband's political career. He also commented for Tierney "to throw my sister under the bus for his career was wrong."
'It shocks and saddens me to learn that my brother would say something so utterly false about me and my husband in a moment of desperation and anger," said Patrice openly supporting her husband.
This is a politically sensitive time, so Eremian's words were immediately taken by John Tierney's GOP challenger, Richard Tisei, who used the recent events to question Tierney's fitness to serve.
Eremian's co-defendant Todd Lyons was also sentenced, but to four years jail time. They were jointly convicted in December of racketeering, conspiracy, operating an illegal gambling business and Wire Act offenses.
Their operations employed about 50 gambling agents in the United States, laundering above $10 million in checks and wire transfers, the prosecutors claim.
Eremian and Lyons are to report for serving their sentences on Friday.
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