A Mooresville man has been charged with obtaining property by false pretense after police say he tried to sell the same boat to two buyers.
Troy Waters, 46, received $4,200 from one buyer for a 22-foot pontoon boat on Jan. 30. Waters then took the boat to his house and told the buyer that he would clean the boat for him and deliver it to his home the next day, police said.
After a few days, the first buyer said he found out that Waters had sold the boat to another person in Charlotte. That person registered the boat on Feb. 21, police said.
Waters was arrested on March 3 and charged. He was taken to Iredell County Jail and given a $20,000 secured bond.
Waters has an extensive criminal background, including a conviction for obtaining property by false pretense in 1991 and another conviction for writing worthless checks in 1986. He also served time in 2007 for conversion by bailee, which is when someone sells property that is not theirs and keeps the profits.