First Major Break in Toledo Football/Basketball Point-shaving Scandal

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Former University of Toledo running back Adam Cuomo pleaded guilty in a point-shaving case that broke in 2009. According to prosecutors, Cuomo admitted to providing insider betting information and helping fix US college football and basketball games.

After agreeing to work with prosecutors in the case, Cuomo detailed how the point-shaving scandal began in 2003 when he met Detroit-area grocery store owner Ghazi “Gary” Manni through Manni’s cousin. Both Manni and Cuomo were frequently gamblers, and they developed a bond through this. As Cuomo said of Manni, “He was kind of like a gambling buddy.”

Eventually, Cuomo gave Manni a big tip about one of Toledo’s upcoming football games, which Manni used to place a winning bet. After winning the bet, Manni gave Cuomo $1,000 to gamble with, and things escalated from there. According to Cuomo, “I proceeded to tell him if I thought we’d win or lose for the rest of the season. If he won money, he’d give me some. I don’t think we ever verbally agreed on an amount but every time he won money, he gave me money.”

While there was no agreed upon amount, Cuomo said that Manni usually gave him around $100 for a winning bet. Manni used this information to keep winning as Cuomo stated, “I was pretty accurate,” and he couldn’t remember a time when he was wrong.

Cuomo also introduced Manni to several other Toledo football and basketball players. For the basketball betting part of the point-shaving scandal, players began providing Manni and fellow gambler Mitchell “Ed” Karem with their “opinions” on the basketball games. But as Cuomo said, “It eventually led to them missing shots and fixing games.” Altogether, Manni and Karem wagered a collective $407,000 from 2004, when the point-shaving activities began, to 2006.

For his involvement in the scandal, Cuomo is facing 24 to 30 months in prison. However, there’s a realistic possibility that he’ll get a reduced sentence based on his cooperation with the prosecutors, who are still looking at several basketball and football players in this case.

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