VIDALIA, La. — A fisherman caught cheating at a bass tournament has been sentenced to two years at hard labor after being one of the first people ever prosecuted in Louisiana for such an offense.
State District Judge W.C. Falkenheiner of Vidalia ordered Alva Anding of Baton Rouge to report to the Concordia Parish sheriff Monday to begin serving the sentence handed down Wednesday.
Anding was arrested by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents following the weigh-in for a Louisiana Bass Casters Assn. tournament held on a Concordia area lake in May 1985.
He was charged with theft and attempted theft by fraud, accused of of catching some big bass before the tournament, hiding them in the lake in a wire basket, then presenting them at the official scales for weigh-in.