Bass Cheater Must Pay Back 23K

Last March, Kentucky anglers Brian Thomas and Dwayne Nesmith took first place in Lake Barkley’s Superbass championship tournament by retrieving live fish they’d previously caught and planted in a submerged basket. They went home with a bass boat worth $30K. Now Thomas is paying.

From an Associated Press article on
_Lyon Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall sentenced Thomas to one year on each of two charges: theft by deception over 300 dollars and theft by deception under 300 dollars. The jail sentence is to be probated for five years provided he pay 23-thousand dollars 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.