Prosecutor — Fishermen caught cheating at tournament charged

CLEVELAND — Two anglers accused of stuffing fish with lead weights and fillets to win thousands of dollars at a fishing tournament in Ohio were charged on Wednesday with attempted grand larceny and other charges.

Jacob Runyan, 42, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Chase Cominsky, 35, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, have been charged in Cleveland with fraud, attempted grand larceny and possession of criminal tools and misdemeanor possession of wild animals. They are due to be charged on October 26.

Neither man immediately responded to voicemails asking for comment.

The cheating allegations surfaced on September 30 when Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament Director Jason Fischer became suspicious because Runyan and Cominsky’s fish were significantly heavier than walleye of this length normally are. A crowd at Gordon Park in Cleveland watched as Fischer cut open the walleye and announced that weights and walleye fillets were stuffed inside.

https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/34783425/prosecutor-fisherman-caught-cheating-tournament-charged Prosecutor — Fishermen caught cheating at tournament charged

Emma Bowman

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