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Michigan man pleads to trying to fix races at Tampa Bay Downs

DETROIT — A Michigan businessman has pleaded guilty in connection with a scheme to cheat on sports betting, including trying to fix races at Tampa Bay Downs, authorities said.

Mitchell "Ed" Karam pleaded guilty Monday in Detroit federal court to charges that include conspiring to fix horse races at Tampa Bay Downs other tracks in 2005 and 2006, as well as conspiracy in a point-shaving investigation involving football and basketball at the University of Toledo in 2004-06.

Karam's plea comes nearly four years after he was indicted in the Toledo probe with Detroit businessman Ghazi "Gary" Manni.

According to court records, Karam and others attempted to get insider information on horse races run at several tracks, including Tampa Bay Downs, by bribing jockeys and persuading some of them to "give less than their best effort to win."

Records show Karam and Manni bets hundreds of thousands of dollars on sports events.

Karam has not yet been sentenced.

Michigan man pleads to trying to fix races at Tampa Bay Downs 02/05/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:59pm]

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