Buras man accused of falsifying boat sale date to get BP funds

A 66-year-old Buras man accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat he purchased in order to obtain settlement money from BP was arrested Tuesday night.

Limauel Lee Watson, 35559 La. 11, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of injuring public records and filing false public documents, prison records show.

“He’s made a claim with BP already saying that he bought the boat in April 2010 and worked for BP during that time when in actuality, he didn’t actually purchase it until October 2010,” said Adam Einck, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Agents do not know how much money Watson was seeking from BP.

The vessel is a 20-foot aluminum Wellcraft that can be used for fishing.

Watson gave false information on April 29 to Lawrence Palmisano, owner of The Boat Yard Inc., who created a bill of sale based on that information, according to the arrest warrant.

Watson told Palmisano he bought the boat on April 4, 2010, the warrant says. In fact, the boat was built in July 2010 and Watson purchased it on Oct. 4, 2010.

Watson then filed the falsified bill of sale and a boat registration application with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the warrant says.