SALEM — Moments after learning he’ll spend the next three years in prison, Daniel Eremian unloaded on his brother-in-law, Congressman John Tierney, yesterday, calling the Salem Democrat “the biggest liar in the world.”
“He knew everything that was going on,” said Eremian, 62, the former owner of Brodie’s Pub in Peabody who now lives in Boca Raton, Fla. “He sat in the boxes with bookies at Fenway Park.”
He called Tierney’s claims to the contrary “hogwash.”
Tierney, through his spokeswoman, Kathryn Prael, denied Eremian’s claims in a statement last night.
“Today, clearly bitter at having lost his case and harboring old family grudges, Daniel Eremian made bizarre, unsubstantiated and false comments,” Prael said.
“Daniel Eremian spent the last several years telling anyone who would listen, including a federal judge and jury, that he was innocent of charges the government accused him of committing,” the statement said. “Now he is claiming both to be innocent and that John Tierney should have known that he was guilty. His claims lack both credibility and logic.”
Eremian also said yesterday that his sister, Patrice Tierney, was “forced” to enter a plea agreement with prosecutors to save her husband’s political career.
Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty in 2010 to helping her other brother, Robert Eremian, file false tax returns. She spent a month at a federal prison camp in Connecticut and is on probation. At the time, Tierney was running for re-election against Boxford Republican Bill Hudak.
“She got forced to do that for him,” said Eremian, referring to his younger sister. “She got railroaded.”
Patrice Tierney responded with a statement of her own last night.
“It shocks and saddens me to learn that my brother would say something so utterly false about me and my husband in a moment of desperation and anger,” she said. “My husband has been nothing but supportive of me during this time, especially during my decision-making process in the fall of 2010 when I took responsibility and paid a price for it. It is demeaning for my brother to infer that I am not intelligent enough, even with the counsel of a well-respected lawyer, to make my own decisions.”