Man must make restitution for fishing flimflams

Man must make restitution for fishing flimflams
By: Associatd Press
EDDYVILLE, Ky. -- A probated jail term has been handed to one of two men charged with cheating in a series of bass tournaments. But 32-year-old Brian Thomas of Dawson Springs, Kentucky will have to make restitution for the most lucrative of the fishing flimflams.
Lyon Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall sentenced Thomas to one year on each of two charges: theft by deception over $300 and theft by deception under $300. The jail sentence is to be probated for five years provided he pays $23,000 in restitution through the commonwealth attorneys office.
Thomas will also be banned from any fishing tournaments and prohibited from holding a fishing license during the probationary period.
Thomas was charged along with 43-year-old Dwayne Nesmith of Island in connection taking first place in the Superbass championship tournament on Lake Barkley in March 2006. The two won the tournament by using bass that had been caught in advance and hidden in a submerged live fish basket, then retrieved during the tournament.
They collected a bass boat that reportedly was valued at $30,000 for first place.
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