Seven people accused of cheating in the Lady’s Kingfish Tournament at South Padre Island in August 2012 say they are not guilty, according to court records.
The seven waived their arraignments in Cameron County Court-at-Law No. 2 within the last few days through their attorneys after the Cameron County District Attorney’s office filed misdemeanor complaints against them, alleging fraud in a fishing tournament.
The defendants are each accused with intentionally accepting or agreeing to accept a fish from another person on Aug. 11, 2012, to represent that the fish was caught by the participant in the course of the tournament in order to affect the outcome of a tournament.
The seven were initially arrested last year, and released on bonds.
The cases against the seven apparently been dormant until the complaints were filed last month, according to court records.
The cases as noted last year were to be pursued as felonies, but the new administration in the DA’s office found that the prize that was won at the tournament had been a trophy, and thus the offense was a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
Relating to the $5,000 that was won through participation in the “Calcutta” competition, Assistant DA Jeremy SoRelle said Tuesday that participation in this competition allegedly would basically be gambling.