Louis Ferrari Jr. to Plead Guilty in $1.2 Million Gambling Operation

Louis Ferrari Jr. is set to plead guilty to running a $1.2 million illegal gambling operation in Rochester, NY, which included online betting and illegal poker games. Ferrari was tipped off about the investigation by a former state trooper, who has since pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

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Louis Ferrari Jr. to Plead Guilty in $1.2 Million Gambling Operation

Louis Ferrari Jr. to Plead Guilty in $1.2 Million Gambling Operation

Louis Ferrari Jr., a Rochester, NY man, is scheduled to plead guilty on May 13, 2024 to crimes related to running a $1.2 million gambling operation. Federal court records show that Ferrari allegedly ran an online betting website, sport700.com, and collected cash payments from players at his business, Ferrari Excavating.

Why this matters: This case highlights the pervasive issue of illegal gambling operations in the United States, which can lead to money laundering and other criminal activities. The involvement of a former law enforcement official in obstructing the investigation also raises concerns about corruption and the integrity of the justice system.

According to federal prosecutors, "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." The gambling operation took bets on sporting events and hosted illegal poker games.

Ferrari was allegedly tipped off about a police investigation into his gambling activities by former state trooper Thomas Loewke. Loewke has since pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for his role and was sentenced to probation.

On April 17, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at 565 Blossom Road, interrupting an illegal poker game in progress. "As investigators arrived to execute a search warrant at 565 Blossom Road, they interrupted an ongoing illegal card game, which sent individuals fleeing," stated federal prosecutors. Authorities seized gambling ledgers, timestamped printouts of online gambling accounts, and the cell phones of Ferrari and another individual named Sprague, which contained evidence of sports bookmaking.

After being tipped off by Loewke, Ferrari allegedly took steps to thwart the investigation. The $1.2 million gambling operation marks a significant illegal betting ring in the Rochester area. With Ferrari's guilty plea, he will likely face sentencing for his role in running the lucrative gambling scheme and attempting to obstruct the investigation with the assistance of a former law enforcement official.

Key Takeaways

  • Louis Ferrari Jr. to plead guilty to running a $1.2 million illegal gambling operation in Rochester, NY.
  • Ferrari allegedly ran online betting website sport700.com and collected cash payments at his business.
  • Former state trooper Thomas Loewke tipped off Ferrari about the investigation and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.
  • Authorities seized gambling ledgers, online gambling accounts, and cell phones containing evidence of sports bookmaking.
  • Ferrari's guilty plea likely means sentencing for running the illegal gambling operation and obstructing the investigation.