April 21, 2020 – Detroit mafia associate Mitchell (Steady Eddie) Karam died of COVID-19 this week at 87.
Karam recently did federal prison time for fixing college football and basketball games at the University of Toledo and horse races in Florida. He was released in September 2017.
Along with mob associate Gary (The Cigarette) Manni, he was busted in the spring of 2009 for shaving $500,000 worth of games involving the Toledo Rockets football and basketball teams, using more than a half-dozen Rockets athletes to manipulate point spreads from 2003 to 2006. The players were paid between $2,500 and $10,000 per fixed game and wined and dined at a downtown Detroit casino.
Both Karam and Manni, 63, pleaded guilty in the case in 2013 and received 6-year sentences. Karam was already doing a bid for bank fraud and fixing the ponies at Tampa Downs and Manni was in prison for weapons offenses and a food-stamp scam when they copped their pleas. Manni walked out of custody last May.
Karam came up in the Detroit mob of the 1950s in a gambling crew ran by Salvatore (Sammy Lou) Lucido. The pair opened the Wolverine Golf Club on land developed in the far northern suburbs of Macomb County. Karam is half Iraqi Christian and half Lebanese.
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