, Salem, MA

February 1, 2014

Tierney brother-in-law loses appeal


---- — SALEM — A federal appeals court panel has upheld the racketeering and gambling convictions of Congressman John Tierney’s brother-in-law and another man.

In a ruling earlier this month, Daniel Eremian’s 2011 conviction, along with that of Beverly resident Todd Lyons, was affirmed.

Eremian is the brother of Patrice Tierney, the congressman’s wife.

In 2012, Eremian was sentenced to three years in federal prison, following a trial in the fall of 2011 that concluded that both Lyons and Eremian played major roles in the operation of an offshore Internet gambling business owned by another Eremian brother, Robert.

In a lengthy ruling issued Jan. 17, the First Circuit Court of Appeals panel rejected arguments by Daniel Eremian’s attorneys, including challenges to Judge Patti Saris’s jury instructions, whether or not the federal Wire Act applies to the Internet, and a claim that the sentences were unduly harsh.

The panel also upheld the $7.7 million forfeiture order against Daniel Eremian, who lived in Florida before his sentencing.

Robert Eremian remains a fugitive, living on the island of Antigua.

Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in 2010 to aiding in the filing of false tax returns by her brother Robert Eremian, and served a 30-day jail term.

The congressman has not been implicated in the case and has denied knowledge of either Eremian’s alleged illegal activities.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.