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Former state police sergeant accused of tipping of those running multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring in Rochester

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Former New York State Police Sgt. Thomas Loewke has been accused of tipping off individuals allegedly running a multimillion-dollar illegal gambling ring in Rochester. The allegations are part of a federal complaint for obstruction against Loewke.


Sources familiar with the matter have identified Louis P. Ferrari II and Anthony Amato as two of the targets named in the complaint against Loewke. According to the complaint, an unnamed state trooper performed computer maintenance for a senior New York State Police investigator in December 2020 and saw a document with Ferrari’s name on it in plain view. The unnamed trooper allegedly re-entered the office numerous times and placed multiple calls to Loewke.

Ferrari has told investigators that he was at his brother’s pizza bar in Chili when Loewke asked him to step outside to talk and informed him that he was being investigated for gambling, according to the complaint. The separate criminal complaint against Ferrari claims that he then called Amato and told him to “lay extra low” and be careful about discussing the legitimacy of their operation on the phone.

Court documents also allege that Ferrari and Amato took steps to protect the gambling operation from the investigation after they were tipped off.