MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An appeals court says a Door County judge properly convicted a fishing boat captain after he tried to win a salmon tournament by stuffing a weight inside his catch.
According to court documents, Michael Cefalu’s charter client submitted a 30.27-pound salmon in a 2013 tournament where the first-place prize was $10,000 cash and $1,500 worth of prizes.
Tournament officials discovered a 1-pound weight in the salmon. Judge Peter Diltz found Cefalu guilty of attempted theft by fraud of more than $5,000 to $10,000, a felony, in 2016.
Cefalu argued there wasn’t enough evidence to support a conviction. The 3rd District Court of Appeals disagreed, ruling Tuesday that Cefalu helped register the fish and was reluctant to cut it open.
Cefalu’s attorney, Howard Mitz, declined comment.