Suspect in fishing tourney scandal now charged in Hermitage counterfeiting probe
A Hermitage man awaiting trial in Cleveland for allegedly cheating in a fishing tournament , who is as well accused of stalking and harassing a woman in Mercer County faces a new charge for allegedly giving his son two phony $100 bills to spend at a bowling alley.
Hermitage Police have charged 36-year-old Chase Cominsky with conspiracy, while his 18-year-old son Kayden is charged with forgery, counterfeiting, conspiracy, and theft by deception.
According to a complaint filed in court, an officer was called to Ten Pin Alley on East State Street in late January where someone had passed two counterfeit $100 bills to pay for several games of bowling.
Police say the bills were obviously phony since they were printed with the phrases “For Motion Picture Purposes” and “Not legal tender”.
After reviewing surveillance video, conducting interviews, and reviewing mobile phone texts, police say Kayden gave one of his friends the $100 bill to pay for bowling, and later told the friend that he knew the bill was fake and had been given to him by his father, Chase Cominsky.
Kayden allegedly told the friend he was going to text his father to bring a second counterfeit c-note to the bowling alley that night.
The police complaint includes the following transcription of text messages allegedly between father and son on the night in question:
Kayden: "Sh-t worked"
Chase: "Awesome. Should do another one from me"
Chase : "U still bowling?"
Kayden: " Yeah. Bring one of those 100$"
Kayden: "You can come play. Cosmic starts at 11"
According to the complaint, the bowling alley received two counterfeit $100 bills that night, returning a total of $100 in change from both transactions.
Bond was set at $5,500 for the younger Cominsky during his arraignment. His father’s bond was set at $12,000.
Chase Cominsky first gained notoriety last year when he and an Ohio man were charged with cheating and attempted grand theft for allegedly using lead weights in what they hoped would be a prize-winning catch in a fishing tournament in Cleveland.
Then in October, Chase Cominsky was charged with stalking and harassment for allegedly tailgating his estranged wife’s car after she picked up one of her children in school, then following her car into a driveway.
Cominsky faces a May court hearing in the stalking case, and a March 27 trial in the fishing case.