Two men have been charged for allegedly ( allegedly for the attorneys…..) cheating in a walleye tournament earlier this month.
Jacob Runyan, 42, and Chase Cominsky, 35, have been charged with cheating, attempted grand theft, possessing criminal tools, and unlawful ownership of wild animals, prosecutors said.
“I take every crime seriously, and I believe what these two individuals attempted to do was not only dishonorable but criminal,” Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said in a press release.
Runyan and Cominsky almost won the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament on Sept. 30 in Cleveland. At stake was $28,760 prize according to an investigation by the ODNR.
Investigators seized Comisky’s boat and trailer yesterday as part of the investigation.
The charges are fifth-degree felonies except for the unlawful ownership of wild animals charge, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. This charge is for the fish filets found inside the stomach of the other fish. A conviction on this count could result in an indefinite suspension of their fishing licenses, prosecutors said.
Runyan of Ashtabula and Cominsky of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, will be arraigned Oct. 26 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.