Controversial piker Nige Williams has found himself in hot water once more after he pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud.
The Wolverhampton-based predator hunter, who has risen to fame on the back of a host of monster pike catches, was told to complete 150 hours’ communi ty service and pay a compensation order for £4,800 after appearing at Stafford Crown Court.
Williams was charged with making a false insurance claim on a motor boat. He pleaded guilty.
Angling Times originally broke the story in November 2007. At the time, Williams denied any wrongdoing, claiming the boat he had reported stolen and the one he later sold were different vessels. That was proved to be untrue. Williams had pocketed both the cash from the false insurance claim – and then from the sale of the 17ft Wilson Flyer.
“A thorough investigation was carried out which led to Mr William’s arrest on Febraury 23. He was bailed and later charged with fraud on April 22. Having pleaded guilty to the charge, Mr Williams was then sentenced on July 22,” explained a spokesperson for Staffordshire Police.
It’s not the first time Williams has fallen foul of the law. In December 2006 he was caught by Government inspectors trying to smuggle fish out of Holyhead Ferry Port for use as livebaits in Ireland. He was later fined £800 and ordered to pay £500 costs.
Williams told Angling Times: “The incident happened some time ago and the whole episode has taught me an important lesson. I have learned from this mistake, and there will never be a repeat performance.”