Anglers Indicted For Stuffing Weights In Fish To Try And Win More Than $28,000 In Fishing Tournament

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Two fishermen were indicted Wednesday for cheating in a fishing tournament Sept. 30 on Lake Erie.

Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky are accused of stuffing weights into walleye to try and win the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament’s $28,760 top prize, according to NBC News. They are charged with grand theft, cheating, possession of criminal tools and unlawful ownership of wild animals.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley described the incident as “not only dishonorable but also criminal,” NBC News reported. Police seized Cominsky’s boat and trailer as part of the investigation. (RELATED: NASCAR Driver Cole Custer Penalized For Trying To Rig Race)

Tournament director Jason Fischer cut open the fish that Runyan and Cominsky caught after noticing the fish appeared smaller than their weight, reported NBC News. In total, 10 weights were found inside the fish. Witnesses shouted at the two men in disbelief.

Runyan and Cominsky were also disqualified from the previous year’s Fall Brawl fishing tournament on Lake Erie for failing a mandatory polygraph test after the tournament, Sports Illustrated reported.