A Sterling Heights man is going to federal prison for almost six years for bribing horse jockeys and University of Toledo athletes to fix the outcomes of games, including paying one football player $100 to fumble in a bowl game.
Ghazi Manni, 58, was sentenced 58 to 70 months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith, who also ordered him pay $700,000 in restitution and to forfeit another $700,0000 to the government.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Manni pleaded guilty to paying University of Toledo athletes to affect the point spread of football and basketball games in 2005 and 2006. He also pleaded guilty to paying a jockey to fix horse races at a track in Florida from 2004 to 2006.
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