Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Fixing Toldeo Games

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DETROIT (AP) - A gambler has pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to fix horse races and University of Toledo football and basketball games.

Mitchell Karam (KEHR'-im), a 76-year-old land developer from Troy, Mich., appeared Tuesday in federal court in Detroit.

He and Ghazi "Gary" Manni of Sterling Heights are charged with conspiracy in two indictments. One involves the alleged fixing of races, mostly at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida. The other involves alleged point shaving at Toledo football and basketball games from fall 2004 through 2006.

Authorities say the gamblers worked with a jockey and now-former
Toledo players. Former basketball player Kashif Payne of Chester, Pa., also was in court and pleaded not guilty.