The fishermen are not guilty of fraud in the charge of filling the fish by weight

Two men Guilty He pleaded not guilty to fraud and other charges Wednesday for stuffing five volleys with lead weights and fish fillets during a lucrative fishing tournament on Lake Erie.

Jacob Runyon, 42, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and Chaz Kominsky, 35, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, did not comment during their brief court appearances in Cleveland. After the hearing, his lawyers declined to comment on the matter.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor James Gutierrez also declined to comment, referring to questions from a spokesman.

allegation of fraud 30, when Lake Erie Walleye Trail Tournament Director Jason Fischer became suspicious because Runyon and Kominsky’s biceps were much heavier than wallets of that length usually are. An angry crowd in Cleveland’s Gordon Park watched as Fisher cut the wallet open and announced that they were full of weights and fish fillets.

An official from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confiscated the fish as evidence.

Runyon and Kominsky were indicted earlier this month on misdemeanor charges of fraud, attempted grand theft, possession of criminal equipment and illegally owning wild animals.

Both were released on Wednesday on a personal bond of $2,500.

The first place prize in the tournament was approximately $28,000.

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