Man tries to get BP oil spill reimbursement, arrested for fraud

Published: Aug. 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM CDT
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Limaeul Watson (Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)
Limaeul Watson (Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries)

BURAS, LA (WAFB) - A Buras, LA man was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 66-year-old Limaeul Watson is accused of filing a fraudulent boat registration.

Authorities say Watson tried to register a 20-foot aluminum vessel in April 2013. Watson claimed on the boat registration forms that he purchased the vessel in April 2010. Agents learned the vessel wasn't manufactured until July 2010 and that he didn't purchase the vessel until October 2010.

They believe Watson filed the fraudulent boat registration in an effort to get  a reimbursement payment from BP for work he allegedly did with the vessel helping with the oil spill cleanup in 2010. Watson submitted a reimbursement claim with BP that has been unfulfilled at this time.

Agents arrested Limaeul Watson, 66, for filing public false documents and injuring public records and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. Injuring public records and filing false public documents each brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.

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