‘Fishgate’: Two Men Indicted for Illegally Stuffing Fish with Weights

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio  — Officials in Ohio announced that two men were charged after they allegedly cheated last month during a Lake Erie fishing tournament.

According to a news release, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said 42-year-old Jacob Runyan and 35-year-old Chase Cominsky were each charged with one count of cheating, attempted grand theft, possessing criminal tools, and unlawful ownership of wild animals for an incident that occurred during the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament.

Officials stated that fifth-degree felonies are punishable by up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,500 in fines. Fourth-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 in fines.

“I take all crime very seriously, and I believe what these two individuals attempted to do was not only dishonorable but also criminal,” said prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley. “I would like to formally thank the officers with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Hermitage Pennsylvania Police Department, the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for their quick actions and their execution of a search warrant resulting in the seizure of criminal tools, including Defendant Cominsky’s boat and trailer.

You can read the rest of this unusual story here. By: WEWS Staff

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