Congressman’s wife sentenced to jail for tax fraud

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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The wife of Massachusetts Democratic Rep. John Tierney was sentenced Thursday to thirty days in jail and two years of supervised release, five months of which will be spent under house arrest.

Patrice Tierney was charged with assisting in the preparation of false tax returns for her brother Robert Eremian. Eremian is currently wanted on numerous federal charges related to an illegal gambling operation operated from the Caribbean island Antigua.

Tierney was accused of managing a bank account for her brother’s illicit income and deliberately misstating information on her brother’s tax returns.

In October, Tierney plead guilty to four charges after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. The agreement, specifying two years of probation, three months of house arrest, and a fine, was rejected by U.S. District Court Judge William Young.