More details have emerged involving seven people charged on allegations that they cheated in the Ladies Kingfish Tournament held Aug. 9-11 at South Padre Island, Texas.
Arrested Sunday on a state jail felony charge of “fraud in a fishing tournament” were Stacy M. McMillen, 31, of Laguna Vista; Judith C. Schroder, 56, of Lyford; Jose M. Cavazos, 67, of Combes; Jose “Meme” Cavazos, 33, of Combes; David Lynn Garcia, 39, of Bulverde; Andrina M. Cavazos, 31, of Combes; and Ada P. Guijarro, 45, of Laguna Vista, according to reports.
McMillen, Schroder, Guijarro and Andrina Cavazos were entered in the tournament as a team that called itself “Nice Tails.”
Game Warden Jason Duke said four women participating as a team and three others engaged in a fraud to enter a fish in the tournament that had not been caught during the competition. The team won second place in a side bet called a “Calcutta” competition, with a prize of about $5,000.
Duke stated in an affidavit that he discovered the seven were involved in a fraud to enter a fish in competition that was not caught by the persons entering it and not caught during the contest.
On Aug. 11 while patrolling Port Mansfield, he and Game Warden Oscar Castañeda inspected a boat at the north board ramp, Duke said in the statement. He stated he recognized the boat operator as Jose “Meme” Cavazos, who had several female passengers wearing blue shirts with “Nice Tails” embroidered on the back.
A man was waiting for the party in the boat ramp parking lot, Duke reported. Duke stated he planned to conduct a routine inspection of the boat’s safety equipment.
The unidentified man told Duke the fishing team was in a hurry to make the tournament weigh-in, and had already been inspected while at sea by Game Warden Robbie Robinson.
Duke stated he agreed to allow the fishing team to proceed to the weigh-in. He reported this information to other game wardens, asking them to watch the group when they weighed the fish at tournament site at South Point Marina in Port Isabel.