The wild-child stepson of U.S. Rep. John Tierney was so strung out on drugs, booze and betting that he was fired twice as a bookie and debt collector for his family’s Internet gambling empire, John Chew testified yesterday at his uncle’s racketeering trial under a grant of immunity from prosecution.
“After I was thrown off the island the second time, I wasn’t allowed to have anything to do with SOS,” said Chew, 37, referring to the Antigua headquarters of Sports Off Shore, which prosecutors allege was run by Tierney’s brothers-in-law Robert and Daniel Eremian, employed their late father, “Big Bob” Eremian, and illegally took in some $22 million in sports wagers from Bay State bettors alone. Daniel Eremian is on trial in U.S. District Court in Boston on racketeering, illegal gambling and money laundering charges. His brother Robert, facing the same charges, is a fugitive.
One of those bettors was former fitness tycoon David Laird of Weston, a “bored” multimillionaire and father of four, who yesterday told jurors he was placing $10,000 bets on each of “many, many games” in a single week — and the losses were piling up.