The Boston Globe Metro Desk reports that Massachusetts Representative John Tierney's wife will be pleading guilty tomorrow to tax charges related to managing the illegal offshore gambling earnings of her brother.
Federal prosecutors filed documents that were unsealed today in US District Court in Boston charging Patrice Tierney, 59, who is married to the Salem Democrat, with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian, of St. John's Antigua.
The US Attorney's office announced that Tierney is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow afternoon.
Boston attorney Donald K. Stern, who represents Patrice Tierney, said that under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that Tierney receive probation, with several months of home confinement. But, Stern said, "I intend to urge the court to impose a sentence of straight probation.''
Sixth district Congressman Tierney, whom one only can infer is a Democrat in this story as his opponent is identified as Republican Bill Hudak, issued a statement that reads, in part:
"While devastated to learn that her brother might have deceived her and so many others, Patrice has acknowledged and agreed that she should have done more to personally investigate the true nature of Mr. Eremian’s business activities in the course of carrying out his requests in paying his children’s household expenses, family medical bills, and his personal bills and taxes from a checking account in which he deposited funds."
I think it highly unlikely that Mr. Tierney knew nothing about her overseas brother and the large account with which Mrs. Tierney was supporting her brother's family. For eight years. I would think he should similarly "have done more to personally investigate the true nature of Mr. Eremian's business activities." Call it "implausible deniability." Maybe he should talk to Michigan's John Conyers, whose wife had her own problems.
*my mistake. It does identify him as a "Salem Democrat" in the second paragraph.