Sentencing postponed in Toledo sports gambling probe

Associated Press

Detroit — Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be “unthinkable” to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.

Mitchell “Ed” Karam of Troy is the last of nine people to be sentenced. He was expected in Detroit federal court Tuesday, but the hearing was postponed. The ringleader, Ghazi Manni of Sterling Heights, recently was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison.

The U.S. government says Karam was the “money man” who split the bribes with Manni. Seven Toledo basketball and football players got money and other perks to alter their play to affect games a decade ago.

Karam’s lawyers quote doctors as saying he’ll soon be bedridden because of his many health woes. The government says prison doctors can take care of him.