"Fraud and fraud". Imprisonment and confiscation of ship contestants in a fishing championship
Two Americans were sentenced to ten days in prison for cheating at a local fishing contest, and their estimated $130,30 vessel was confiscated.
Michael O'Malley, the attorney general who tried them in Ohio (northern US), said: "I am convinced that these two fraudsters have cheated in several competitions in recent years."
"Unfortunately, they can only be held responsible for what they did on September 2022, 28."
On that day, Jacob Ronian and Chase Kominsky participated in a competition to catch protruding (a freshwater species similar to whiting-shell fish), held on Lake Erie, one of North America's five great lakes.
The grand prize of $760,2500 went to the team that successfully caught five of the largest protruding fish in the lake.
When taking the weight of the fish caught by the duo Runyan and Kominski, the competition manager had doubts after noticing that the size of the fish caught did not match the weight displayed on the scale, so he split the fish and discovered a number of weights in their guts, along with fish fillets added to them to increase weight.
The two competitors were immediately ruled out and police opened an investigation.
In addition to imprisonment and confiscation of their vessel, Runyan and Kominsky were fined $<>,<> and revoked their fishing licence for three years, the maximum period stipulated in local laws.