In 2010 she pleaded guilty to helping her brother file false tax returns, and admitted to being “willfully blind” to the illegal source of her brother’s millions. She served 30 days in prison, followed by two years of probation, including five months of home confinement.
Daniel Eremian was convicted of racketeering and illegal gambling and sentenced to three years in prison. Robert Eremian remains a fugitive from justice and is believed to be living in Antigua.
Congressional rules say family gifts do not have to be disclosed, and the Tierneys have maintained the money was a gift, in gratitude for Patrice’s help in caring for her brother’s family and their mother.
Others have questioned whether the money should be regarded as payment for handling her brother’s bank account, in which case the income should have been disclosed.
Since the allegations first surfaced in 2010, Tierney has been re-elected twice, once beating Boxford Republican Bill Hudak, and again this past fall in a close race against former Republican state Sen. Richard Tisei.
Next year, Tierney is facing two challengers for the Democratic nomination, from former Marine and Salem resident Seth Moulton and from Middleton attorney Marisa DeFranco.
The House’s 10-member Ethics Committee includes Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano of Somerville.