DETROIT - A Chester native who played basketball at Archbishop Carroll, Kashif Payne, was one of two former University of Toledo basketball players who pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy in a case that involved fixing Toledo basketball and football games nearly a decade ago.
Ghazi "Gary" Manni also pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying bribes to fix horse races. And, in a third case, he pleaded guilty to food stamp fraud.
The Toledo case was filed in 2009 but has moved slowly in Detroit federal court. Seven former Toledo basketball and football players have pleaded guilty, along with Manni's gambling partner, Mitchell Karam. No one has been sentenced yet.
Manni admitted bribing Toledo players from 2004 to 2006 to influence scores, especially in basketball games. A court filing lists more than $300,000 in bets, but there were more.
The 57-year-old Manni faces a prison sentence of nearly six years. He's been in custody since summer 2013 and will get credit for any time behind bars.