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Rep. Tierney Addresses Illegal Gambling Accusations

U.S. Rep. John Tierney is defending himself after his two brothers-in-law said the congressman had been aware that their offshore gambling operation was illegal.

The Salem Democrat, who is seeking a ninth term in the House of Representatives, told reporters on Tuesday that he had believed until recently that the gambling business in Antigua was legitimate.

Tierney's brother-in-law, Daniel Eremian, said last week after he was sentenced to three years in federal prison that Tierney "knew everything" about the operation.

Robert Eremian, who's a fugitive from justice, made similar claims in an interview with The Boston Globe.

Tierney, who has not been charged with wrongdoing, said his brothers-in-law are "trying to blame anyone but themselves."

The congressman's wife, Patrice Tierney, pleaded guilty last year to helping file false tax returns for her brother.

This program aired on July 3, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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