A multimillion-dollar sports betting Web site run by U.S. Rep. John Tierney’s brothers-in-law “was truly a family affair” and paid $500,000 for a helicopter on top of at least $20,000 in personal purchases by the Salem Democrat’s convicted wife, according to newly filed court papers.
The high-flying expenditure was part of a $10 million gambling profits money-laundering scheme outlined in the brief filed by federal prosecutors ahead of the trial of Patrice Tierney’s brother, Daniel Eremian, next month. Meanwhile, at least $22 million in receipts were collected by the operation, the feds said.
Robert Eremian, 58, Patrice Tierney’s fugitive brother, is accused of crafting Sports Off Shore in his Lynnfield home in the 1980s, relocating the business to Antigua in the 1990s. With the help of brother Daniel Eremian, 61, the illegal gaming site grew to “daunting” proportions, servicing hundreds of high rollers, funding $500,000 toward the purchase of an eight-passenger helicopter and resulting in the laundering of $10 million between 2003 and 2009 that was funneled through a bank account managed by sister Patrice Tierney, prosecutors claim.
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