Fishermen charged in tournament cheating scandal
A Cuyahoga County grand jury has returned an indictment charging two fishermen who were caught cheating during a fishing tournament.
Jacob Runyan of Cleveland and Chase Cominsky of Hermitage have been charged with cheating, attempted grand theft, possessing criminal tools and unlawful ownership of wild animals.
Runyan and Cominsky were originally accused of cutting open and placing lead weight in fish during the Lake Erie Walleye Trail tournament in Cleveland.
Lake Erie Walleye Trail Director Jason Fischer was alarmed when a seemingly 4-pound Walleye weighed in at 8-pounds. Fischer cut open the Walleye and found lead weights inside.
Runyan and Cominsky were disqualified from the competition and escorted from the park.
The boat and trailer used by Runyan and Cominsky was seized at the the home of Cominsky on Tuesday to help with the investigation.
Runyan and Cominsky will be arraigned at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center at a later date.