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Fiona Simmons May 18, 2023 2 min read
Ex-State Trooper Admits to Tipping Off Illegal Gambling Mastermind
A New York state trooper has admitted to having tipped off a gambling “kingpin” about a police investigation and raid against his operations that thwarted police efforts
Louis Ferrari II, the target of the investigation, was informed by Thomas Loewke about a pending raid against the criminal’s properties. This was admitted by Loewke himself during a court hearing in which he admitted to charges of obstruction of justice.
Obstruction of Justice to Get Defendant Up to 18 Months in Prison
The case concerned an illegal Internet website that Ferrari II hosted and operated. Upon receiving the tip, he immediately changed the admin passwords for accessing the website, altered its appearance, and further deleted any digital footprint that could have helped authorities establish what amount of sports bets had been placed on the website.
The trooper was charged in January with obstruction of justice and his latest court hearing was before US District Judge David Larimer. Loewke was the first to be arrested, which led to the arrest of seven men several weeks later, all of whom were accused of running various illegal gambling sites that accept sports wagers and poker games. The accused are said to have run the sport700.com domain, of which Loewke was a customer himself, the prosecutor said.
More Criminals Involved in the Case
Ferrari was working with a number of other accomplices, including Dominic Sprague, Tommaso Sessa, Anthony Amato, Joseph Lomardo, Joseph Boscarino and James Cilvetti. Ferrari is said to have amassed $1.25 million in winnings from the website, whereas Amato supposedly benefited to the tune of $8.9 million from the illegal gambling operation. Their cases are still being tried.
Loewke’s admittance of guilt will now cost him between 10 and 18 months in a minimum-security prison. Prosecutors have insisted on the stiffer penalty, as the officer had betrayed the trust vested in police authorities.
The “abuse of trust” sentencing principle, though, was rebuked by Loewke’s lawyer, Michael Schiano who said that it should not be applied to this sentencing. Schiano said that Loewke was contrite about his actions and wanted to face the penalty and “get on with his life.”
Although Fiona doesn't have a long-spanning background within the gambling industry, she is an incredibly skilled journalist who has built a strong interest in the constantly growing iGaming network. The team at GamblingNews.com is glad to have her on our roster to help deliver the best stories as soon as they hit. Aside from writing, she loves to dabble in online casino games such as slots and roulette, both for her own enjoyment and also as research to better improve her understanding of the industry.
Legal May 18, 2023