2 men charged with rigging fishing tournament


La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged contest fraud in Caddo Parish May 29.

Agents cited Hunter Moss, 24, of Mooringsport and Phillip Purcell, 30, of Oil City, for contest fraud in a bass tournament on Caddo Lake.

Agents received a complaint that Moss and Purcell caught three bass previously during the week and kept them alive in a basket on the lake. Moss and Purcell admitted to retrieving three bass from the dock when the tournament started.  The bass were then included in the five bass they weighed in for the tournament.

Contest fraud brings up to a $3,000 fine and one year in jail.