|Two Kentucky fisherman
thought they had a good scam going. They eventually
Two Kentucky grand juries passed down 10
felony indictments and one misdemeanor indictment of
"Theft by Deception," for allegedly cheating
eleven fishing tournaments. The fishing buddies won
thousands of dollars and won a $30,000 fishing boat.
According to investigators, the pair
would catch fish before the tournament, put them in cages,
then collect the fish during the tournament and present
them to officials. That is when they would collect their
prizes. Back in April, someone saw one of the cages
and alerted authorities.
"I know local fisherman are very
upset," Kerry Clark said. Clark owns Jet-A-Marina in
Calvert City, and organizes a local fishing tournament.
Clark says Nesmith and Thomas won $2,500 in 2004 and
$1,500 in 2006.
"You're trying to play on an even
field and you get these two guys cheating, it discourages
you from fishing. You don't want to go out and fish
against people like that," Clark said.
Daniel Richardson works for the Lyon
County Conservation Office. He says he has not seen
anything like this in the five years he has been on the
job. His office gives speeches and is on site for
many of the fishing tournaments in the area.
"We'll make sure we watch a little
closer if we see something tied off on the beach,"
Clark says this arrests changes the way
he will organize the tournament in 2007.