A Georgia man is accused of bilking nearly a dozen boaters in at least two states out of thousands of dollars of boat deposits with no boats ever delivered.
Bradley Shane Watson, 59, faces investigations in Gainesville along with other places in Georgia and South Carolina, for advertising boats for sale at deeply discounted prices, accepting deposits of US$8,000 to $10,000.
In each of 10 cases being investigated in Georgia and South Carolina, Watson is accused of placing ads for boats and then telling interested parties that the boat had been sold, but another would be available soon and could be secured with a deposit. The victims allege they met with Watson at a bank or other public location, sign a contract and provide a deposit, according to reports in the Gainesville Times newspaper.
Watson, a local fishing guide, is described on his company’s website as “a third generation Lake Lanier fisherman” featuring “Lake Lanier’s ‘Only’ Full-Time Fishing Fleet.” The website also lists Watson as a 2010 inductee into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
Watson could not be reached for comment, according to the newspaper.