The wife of US Representative John F. Tierney is poised to plead guilty tomorrow to federal tax charges for managing a bank account that her brother allegedly used to deposit millions of dollars in illegal gambling profits he raked in from an offshore sports betting operation in Antigua.
Patrice Tierney, 59, who is married to the Salem Democrat, is charged with four counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns by her brother, Robert Eremian, of St. John’s, Antigua.
The US Attorney’s office said she is scheduled to plead guilty tomorrow afternoon.
Tierney insists his wife is innocent and that she thought the money she was handling on her brother’s behalf came from legitimate sources. Tierney’s Republican challenger Bill Hudak was recently touting an internal poll showing he is in striking distance of Tierney:
The poll shows Hudak with a 41 to 40 percent lead over Tierney among independent voters. Hudak trails Tierney, 46 to 39 percent, among a group defined as “high interest likely voters.”
Whether that poll was reliable or not, I suspect that after tomorrow Tierney’s lead in the race is going to narrow.