Inspector John Burke, of the Albany County Sheriff's Department Drug Interdiction Unit, said his unit was not assisting the Bethlehem Police Department the way the story described.
"I never said anything like that. I don't know where he got that. It's totally ludicrous," Burke said of the story that Chris Porco was the focus of a gambling investigation. "There is nothing there that puts Chris (in an investigation like that.)"
Burke said it's not uncommon for his unit to assist the Bethlehem Police Department in crime investigations.
"Believe me, if we had anything to give (the Bethlehem Police Department), we would've given it to them already. We just don't have anything."
Burke said Chris Porco has never been the focus of an investigation by his office.
Chris Porco and his 23-year-old brother, Johnathan Porco, who is in the navy, were called persons of interest since the beginning of the investigation. Both were interviewed by police. Chris Porco's Jeep Wrangler was seized by police for processing after they traveled to Rochester the day of the discovery of Peter Porco's body. Police continue to hold the vehicle.
Bethlehem Police have never publicly called Chris Porco a suspect in the attack on his parents, though Corsi has noted that Chris Porco "got a lot of attention from the media because of the jeep."
Reports that the Bethlehem Police Department has turned down offers of help from the Major Crimes Unit of the State Police were also false, Corsi, Egan and Lt. Thomas Heffernan have said.
State Police Maureen Tuffey said the State Police have been assisting the town since beginning of the investigation with their Forensics Unit. While Tuffey said the Major Crimes Unit is assisting the Bethlehem Police Department, which she said, is not uncommon is cases of this magnitude, she couldn't say for how long.