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Rep. Teirney’s Wife Completes Prison Term

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Patrice Tierney and her husband Rep. John Tierney.

Patrice Tierney and her husband Rep. John Tierney.

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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – Authorities say a Massachusetts congressman’s wife has completed her 30-day prison sentence for helping file false tax returns for her fugitive brother.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman says 60-year-old Patrice Tierney was released Tuesday morning from a prison in Danbury, Conn. She is married to U.S. Rep. John Tierney, a Democrat from Massachusetts’ 6th District.

Patrice Tierney pleaded guilty last year to aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns for her brother, a fugitive who has been indicted on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering.

John Tierney has said his wife was betrayed by her brother, believing his income came from selling or licensing software to legal Internet gambling businesses.

She must now serve two years of supervised release, including five months on house arrest.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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