Two men accused of cheating in an ohio fishing tournament pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky are each charged with cheating, attempted grand larceny, possession of tools of the crime, all felonies, and unlawful possession of wild animals, a misdemeanor. CNN has reached out to his attorneys for comment.
Charges stem from charges that the men cheated at the Lake Erie Walleye Trail Fishing Tournament in late September after discovering their fish were stuffed with sinkers and fish fillets. If they had been declared the winners of the event, they would have received nearly $29,000.
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The Tournament Director previously told CNN he immediately became suspicious when the team’s fish weighed nearly double what he expected at the Cleveland Championship. The moment the director discovered the alleged cheating was documented in several now-viral videos that showed him slicing the fish with a knife and removing what he said was a lead bullet.
For the crimes, Runyan and Cominsky face up to 12 months in prison and up to $2,500 in fines if convicted, according to A press release Cuyahoga County District Attorney Michael C. O’Malley.
And the men face up to 30 days in jail and up to $250 in fines if convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
Both men posted $2,500 bond and were released.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for the morning of November 9.