07/26/2001 12:00AM

Fourth New York clerk surrenders


The fourth New York Racing Association mutuel clerk who was indicted for money laundering last week turned himself in to state police in Saratoga on Wednesday.

Peter Oster, 64, of Jamaica, N.Y., was arraigned and pled not guilty before Judge Jerry Scarano in Saratoga County Court, according to Meryl Lutsky, an assistant deputy in the state attorney general's office.

Oster was released on $25,000 bail.

Oster's lawyer, John Pastore, was not available for comment.

The three other defendants, Robert Lodati, 59; Robert Marshall, 60; and Joseph Rabito, 59, were arrested last week and pled not guilty before Judge Scarano. All were released on bail.

Lutsky said the four defendants and their attorneys will return to Saratoga County Court sometime in August for a trial conference with the attorney general's office.

The 46-count indictment alleges that the mutuel clerks laundered $300,000, offered by undercover state police agents posing as drug dealers, over the course of six months.