Bookmaker Tipped Off By Trooper Gets Six Months Behind Bars

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A Rochester, New York man indicted in July for his role in running an expansive sports betting operation will plead guilty on Wednesday.


Louis Ferrari Jr appeared in court on Monday May 13 to enter the plea involving gambling related crimes.  He will serve 6 months behind bars.

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging seven individuals, including Ferrari, for their roles in an illegal gambling business headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Ferrari, Dominic Sprague, and Tomasso Sessa were each charged with two counts of conspiracy, one count of transmission of wagering information, and two counts of operating an illegal gambling business.

Anthony Amato, Joseph Lombardo, Jeffrey Boscarino, and James Civiletti are charged with one count of conspiracy, one count of transmission of wagering information, and one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

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Defendants Ferrari and Sprague co-owned and operated the illegal poker games at 565 Blossom Road as well.


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A former state trooper, Thomas Loewke, has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, admitting that he alerted Ferrari about the investigation. He was sentenced to probation.

Ferrari allegedly took steps to thwart the investigation after Loewke's tip.

"Ferrari owns and operates Ferrari Excavating on Steel Street in Rochester, where he collected cash payment of gambling losses from players and then laundered the illegal proceeds through the Ferrari Excavating business," federal prosecutors said in a statement at the time of the arrests.



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