A messy controversy over the $2.8 million top prize in “the world’s largest billfish tournament” has turned into a federal case, according to a report Saturday.
The Baltimore Sun reports the dispute arose after a Florida angler caught the winning 76.5-pound white marlin in the White Marlin Open in August. Organizers said Phil Heasley lied about the big catch and then flunked two lie-detector tests.
The Sun reports that organizers now want a federal judge to disqualify Heasley so they can redistribute the $2.8 million to the also-rans. Heasley hasn’t seen a dime yet and wants the judge to rule in his favor.