Robert Waters, Jr. and Westville Remarketing, Inc. settle alleged False Claims Act violations


Date: April 16, 2024


CONCORD — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire entered into a settlement agreement with Robert Michael Waters, Jr. and Westville Remarketing, Inc, (Westville) to resolve allegations that Waters and Westville violated the False Claims Act by taking and misusing proceeds of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to purchase a yacht, U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announces.

Waters and his company, Westville, have agreed to pay the proceeds from an auction of the yacht and an additional $150K to the government. In the settlement, Waters agreed to the auction of the yacht and to cooperate in the transfer of title to whoever purchases it. The auction of the yacht will occur at a later date.

“Unfortunately, individuals like Mr. Waters attempted to inappropriately benefit from government programs aimed at aiding Americans and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young. “This Office and our law enforcement partners are working tirelessly to uncover this widespread fraud and recover these funds on behalf of American taxpayers. This settlement demonstrates that we will pursue both civil and criminal avenues to hold those who committed COVID-19 pandemic fraud accountable and divest them of their ill-gotten gains.”

The United States contends that Waters and his company, Westville, falsely represented to the Small Business Administration (SBA) that Westville would apply the proceeds of the EIDL to its business to counteract the negative economic effects of COVID-19, and instead used $340,000 of the loan proceeds to purchase an Azimut yacht called the “Alisa.” On April 7, 2020, Robert Waters, a 50% owner of Westville, submitted an application for an EIDL for $40,000 on Westville’s behalf. On December 27, 2021, he applied for a modification of the original EIDL for an additional $343,800. On February 15, 2022, just over one month after receiving the EIDL proceeds from the SBA, Waters transferred $340,000 of the funds to another entity he wholly owned and spent the funds and other money to purchase the yacht “Alisa.” This yacht had no legitimate business purpose.

Waters was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 2, 2023. The U.S. Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss the indictment following a revelation of additional information. The Court accepted the motion, and the criminal case was dismissed on March 29, 2024.

The Internal Revenue Service (CI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led the investigation. The United States Marshal Service assisted with the investigation and seizure of the vessel. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron Gingrande and Raphael Katz represented the government in this matter.

CI is the criminal investigative arm of the IRS, responsible for conducting financial crime investigations, including tax fraud, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, public corruption, healthcare fraud, identity theft and more. CI special agents are the only federal law enforcement agents with investigative jurisdiction over violations of the Internal Revenue Code, obtaining a more than a 90 percent federal conviction rate. The agency has 20 field offices located across the U.S. and 12 attaché posts abroad.