BOSTON (AP) — A brother-in-law of Massachusetts U.S. Rep. John Tierney has been found guilty of racketeering in a federal court trial.

Daniel Eremian was accused of helping operate an illegal offshore gambling operation. The jury that convicted him and a co-defendant of racketeering Monday acquitted them of some related charges they faced.

Patrice Tierney, the congressman’s wife, testified during the trial that she and her husband didn’t know that another brother, Robert Eremian, allegedly was running the illegal online gambling operation in Antigua. She said she believed he was a software consultant.

She pleaded guilty last year to aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns for Robert Eremian, who remains a fugitive. She said she was managing a bank account to help Robert care for his children.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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