22 May 2018

Linda Howe Promotes Bogus UFO Metal

ABOVE:  Photo of alleged Roswell UFO metal.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it goes like this: Back in the mid 1990s, now deceased radio host Art Bell claimed to have received a package containing metal pieces and a letter supposedly from a relative of a military member who was supposedly part of the UFO crash retrieval team from the infamous Roswell UFO crash.  Some of the metal wound up in the hands of Linda Moulton Howe who, to this day, continues to claim the metal has some extraordinary properties - we'll get to that in a minute.

In investigating the claim of this supposed mystery metal, Howe had the metal analyzed by a scientific technologist named Nicholas A. Reiter.  Howe had used Reiter on other cases and no issues with his findings - that is, until they did not start matching up with the claims being made.  Before we get to that, let's look at some of what Howe currently wrote on her Earthfiles.com website about the alleged Roswell UFO metal:

  • An exam found the first pieces of metal to be greater than 99% aluminum and of normal density.
  • Howe then says engineers at an aluminum manufacturer stated the aluminum pieces were not typical of industrial machining.  Howe goes to say there was speculation that military handlers may have "had samples from the alleged extraterrestrial craft punched out to distribute to American scientists for study."
  • Howe stated an exotic metals manufacturer in 1996 stated, "No one layers bismuth and magnesium.  It can't be done!  The layers won't bond with each other."
  • Howe writes she contacted the Director of Material Sciences at MIT, "but no one had any knowledge of such layered material."
  • Howe writes another expert stated, "I have basically exhausted every resource that I have ever tried to usein the past from 1940 to now.  I have found no reference, even in government research, for bismuth/magnesium layers."

Problem is that bismuth and magnesium will indeed bond with each other, as you will see.

Howe goes on to do what she seems to do best, inserting bits from other stories or claims in an attempt to bolster the mysterious and possible extraterrestrial origin of the metal.  Howe cites a member of the Navy supposedly seeing photos of Roswell alien bodies, she cites the infamous Colonel Corso's "understanding of UFO propulsion, and tags her go to classic of extraterrestrial biological entity into the series of articles.

Howe cites how one researcher put a large amount of electrical current through the metal and it allegedly floated to the side.  Howe touted this in interviews on late night radio as something amazing.  Truth is, if you subject a soft drink or beer can to a large electrical current it too will move.  Then again, the simple truth just isn't as sexy as aliens and doesn't sell subscriptions to Howe's website.

In the end what you have are some pieces of metal and a lot of speculation or, if you prefer, promotion.

In August 1996, four months after the metal pieces were made public, scientific technologist Nicholas A. Reiter had been asked directly by Linda Moulton Howe (pictured right) to study some of the bismuth/magnesium metal.  Linda Howe never made this report public and one must ask why she chose to not share it.  In Howe's recent and ongoing articles on the supposed mysterious metal, she never once mentions the report below.  Now she has a chance since the series of articles is ongoing, though it be doubtful she will.  This isn't the first time Howe has discounted scientific work that does not fit the narrative she is promoting.

First draft presented to Linda Moulton Howe
07 August 1996
Nicholas A. Reiter
Updated November 30, 2001

The following report appears here for the first time, at least in it's original form. It represents a most interesting adventure in the realm of UFO detective work. Some readers may recall the on-going debate on the Art Bell show back in 1996 and 1997 relating to the claimed fragment of the crashed Roswell saucer. Research into the claimed artifact was hosted and managed by author and UFO personality Linda Moulton Howe. Linda had partitioned the fragment presented to Art Bell into smaller sections that were then analyzed at assorted labs around the country. NR was one of the chosen. As the reader will see, we had a bit of a leg up on this one.

The metal sample was eventually returned to Linda Howe, though we retain a very tiny fragment to this day, with her permission. While our analysis of the sample by SEM and EDS spectroscopy agreed with that performed at the other labs, our opinion of the origin of the sample did not represent the final "verdict" that appeared to win out on Art Bell's show, or later literary references. We were, and remain, skeptical for reasons that will become apparent. Following the text of the report is a short update. Read on, and remember that nothing is as it seems…

I. Overview
On 12 July, 1996, I received by Fed Ex a small metal artifact from LMH. The purported origin of this piece, as well as highlights of previous analytical work, had been revealed to me by LMH in earlier telephone conversations. Along with the artifact portion, I received several color photographs of the parent artifact, as well as some SEM photos, and a written summary of previous EDS and SIMS work. After personal viewing by me, the original photos were sent back to LMH.
From 12 July to the present, I have performed numerous simple tests and analytical operations on the sample. The results of these tests, to date, are summarized here.

II. Physical Characteristics
The artifact appears to be a small chunk of lightweight metal, sawed or micro-tomed from a larger parent piece. It is irregular in contour, and measured (as received) about 22mm x 4mm x 6mm. Of the two non-cut sides, one is of a silvery colour, textured with many small convex "bumps". The other side is of a gold- black colour, with a fluted surface; a concave "negative" of the silvery side topography. Upon handling, a thin (about 1mm thick) portion delaminated from the original piece. This smaller portion broke away along a line following the contour of the primary piece. The smaller portion retained the characteristics of silvery and blackish sides, with the now exposed surface of the large portion being silvery - convex. The smaller fragment was reserved for destructive testing.
Initial visual inspection, along with inspection of the photos of the parent artifact, shows a clear columnar structure along with discrete bands or layers. The artifact, overall, appears to be quite brittle. An end of the thin delaminated portion was easily snapped off with finger pressure.
The overall appearance of the piece, and it’s parent, strongly suggests rapid epitaxial growth.
A Jeol JSM - T330 SEM was used to examine portions of the smaller artifact fragment. Photos taken showed features quite similar to those seen previously during recent analysis carried out at another midwestern location. The layering effect is quite noticeable. Crystal structure of the light grey metal, composing the thicker layers, is indeterminate visually. Original SEM photos taken at this location have been forwarded to LMH for use with this summary.

III. Composition and Chemical Properties
A Tracor Northern 5400 EDS X ray analyzer was used to examine compositions of both silvery and blackish regions. The silvery region is shown to be relatively pure Mg, with a small signal for Zn; perhaps indicating about 2 to 3% of the latter. The blackish region appears to be primarily Bi. Please reference attached EDS print-outs. Again, this corroborates results from earlier EDS and SIMS work done elsewhere.
A small crumb of the artifact was held by tweezers over a hydrogen torch flame. It ignited and burned with the characteristic white flare of Mg. A small curl of 99.99% Mg was likewise ignited for comparison. Both appeared to burn identically.

IV. Nuclear Properties
The larger artifact portion was tested with a Baird Atomic 914-434 Ratemeter (Geiger Counter). No indications of radioactivity were noted.
Questions had been raised by LMH as to whether the materials in the artifact were of common (predominant or stable) isotope. The only testing possible at this location for this purpose was a simple Archimedian volume versus weight test. The volume of the large artifact portion was determined by displacement of water in a pipette. Correcting for estimated volumes of Zn and Bi, a calculated weight was derived for the artifact, given the textbook densities for Mg24 , Zn, and Bi. This value was calculated to be .5155g. The artifact was then weighed with a Stanton CL1 lab balance, and actual weight over three trials was found to be .5115g, about 0.7% lighter than the calculated value. From this, we may say that the artifact, while possibly containing small percentages of heavier Mg isotopes, does not appear to be primarily composed of Mg25 or Mg26.

V. Electrical Properties
The artifact appears to be quite conductive; and in any orientation, has a resistance too low to measure with a typical ohm-meter.
A Fluke 79 DVM was used to look for any voltage potentials or currents which (by some hypotheses) might be produced by the layering of dissimilar metals or other more unusual mechanisms. None were detected in the range of the meter.

VI. Magnetic Properties
The artifact was tested with a custom - built Hall effect gaussmeter. No discernable magnetic field was noted. The artifact was not seen to be attracted by a NdFeB magnet.
It had been suggested that the layered structure of the artifact resembled proposed structures for high temperature filamentary superconductors. A small NdFeB super magnet was used in an attempt to elicit a Meissner Effect reaction with the artifact, both at room temperature, and in a beaker of liquid nitrogen. No effect was noticed.

VII. Testing for Unusual Properties
The artifact was radiated with light from a .5mW 670nm diode laser, at various angles. No unusual effects or responses were noted.

The artifact was radiated with light from a 100watt long wave ultraviolet lamp. No fluorescence or unusual response was noted.

The artifact was suspended within an electrical field of about 3 to 4 kV at 20 kHz. No unusual responses were noted.

It had been suggested to LMH that the artifact structure was possibly indicative of a hypothetical propulsion system, and that extremely high DC potentials applied to the metal structure would cause it to lose weight! To test this idea, the artifact was mounted on a plastic stand, which in turn was placed on a Mettler BasBal 2400 digital lab balance. A very thin lead wire was attached to the artifact with a snippet of conductive tape, and then connected to a HV source. Two sources were used, a +/- 15,000V DC, 60VA supply (GE 9T63Y2226G2) and a small Van De Graaf generator providing about 30 to 50 kV electrostatic potential.

In either case, no weight changes within the resolution of the balance (10mg) were noted when the HV sources were turned on. However, according to LMH’s source, potentials over 1MV might be needed to cause weight loss (?!).

VIII. Conclusions
At the most basic of levels, we would freely state that the artifact portion provided by LMH does NOT seem to be composed of elements or compounds which are unknown. Nor is it composed of alloys that appear to be of a purity or combination beyond the scope of current material science. The artifact bears a strong resemblance to irregular layered residue often found in large physical vapor deposition (PVD) coaters. This family of filming processes includes sputtering, E-beam, and resistively heated thermal evaporation; all common vacuum processes used widely in industry. The structure of the artifact very strongly suggests long term, high rate, disordered epitaxial growth on a cold surface (chilled evaporant shield? chamber walls?).

I have spent nearly 12 years working in the thin film and vacuum process fields. Some years ago, I worked as a technician for a company in Ohio that ran the world’s largest commercial E-beam coater. One of my duties was to remove chromium residue from the areas around the large E-beam evaporation sources. Hundreds of pounds of chips, flakes, and chunks of columnar layered chromium residue were removed at a time. (Usually weekends - third shift!) If I had not known the composition of the artifact when first viewing the colour photos of it, I would have honestly guessed that someone had done me the honor of saving a souvenir from my old job- a chrome residue chunk from the focus magnet pole piece of an Airco Temescal E-beam source! Rough calculations, coupled with past work experience would hint that residues of the thickness of the artifact represent 80 to 120 hours of build up time, in your typical large sputter or E-beam coater. We used to chip ours out every two weeks or so.

The composition of the Mg:Zn alloy comes close to several commercial Mg alloys: ASTM#’s ZK60A, ZK51A, and EZ33A. All of these alloys, however, are said to have a very small quantity of Zr, typically 0.5% to 0.7%. I have been informed that Zr was not seen in earlier EDS scans at other locations, nor did it seem to be evident in my analysis of the artifact. However, I do also know that at least for our TN 5400, resolution below about 1% is usually not possible. Zr may have simply been below the resolution of the EDS. (Information from The Mechanical Engineers Handbook, 1958 edition, McGraw Hill Book Co.)

It is also evident that the artifact does not, at least in it’s current state of condition, seem to produce any voltages or currents, nor does it act as a superconductor, at least at room temperature or at 77K.
The remaining unusual aspect of the artifact is quite simply the combination of Mg and Bi in a single structure. Mg, of course, finds most use in the automotive and aerospace industry, as a lighter weight substitute for aluminum. It may also be used to make some optical grade films or plating. Bi, on the other hand, has several unusual properties that suit it to more specialized high tech applications. It is often a component in solders and is added to some lower temperature cast-able alloys because it has the characteristic of expanding about 2 to 3 percent upon cooling. It is used in thermoelectric power modules or Peltier coolers along with tellurium. It is the most diamagnetic element known, and the most electro-negative. A patent by Carroll claims Bi as a possible filamentary superconductor at high temperatures. Bi is itself super-conducting at low temperatures.

To date, I have been unable to find any references to uses of Mg and Bi together in one process or product! LMH has claimed that officials at Dow, one of the largest Mg producers in the world, are unaware of any use of Bi in their manufacturing processes.

Of course, this is not to say that there is not some very specialized use of Mg in a Bi application, or vica versa, we have simply not found it yet in our "detective work".

My own opinion is that the artifact probably represents a curious piece of industrial by-product from the thin films industry or a Mg casting plant. However, until a match-up is found, I will not rule out the possibility of a more unusual origin.

Notes, as of November 2001:
In the year or so that followed the analysis by us of this sample, the mythos and mystery of the bismuth - magnesium artifact continued to grow. It became the source for a wide range of speculations, some valid, some baseless, among the anti-gravity and UFO research sub-cultures. The extraterrestrial origin of the artifact appeared to be firmly entrenched in the minds of most who listened, read, and believed. Presumably, there just aren't very many old films and vacuum technology folks out there…

Claims were made by a Tesla coil enthusiast in Alabama that the portion of the artifact in his possession acted strangely and tried to levitate in the presence of the electrostatic field of a Van de Graaf generator and a radio frequency source. We did perform a separate replication here, and found that our metal fragment danced about as well in the field of a Van de Graaf. And so did a piece of aluminum foil! Please understand that just about any small unattached mass will dance in the field of a 200,000 volt source! The mythos grew…

In 2000, one last revelation came our way on the origin of the artifact. The combination of bismuth and magnesium had eluded us for four years. But then one day, we found a reference to an obscure industrial process used in the refinement of lead. The process, called the Betterton-Krohl Process, uses molten magnesium floated over the surface of liquid lead. The magnesium sucks up, or pulls bismuth impurities out of the lead! Often, the magnesium is used over and over again…
Could this little known process have been the real origin of some unusual looking metal residue, that was then in turn promoted as a piece of alien technology?

05 April 2018

This call is from a federal prison

Click on the image below for The Morton Files...

Some people get on the wrong side of the law and make a change.  Others?  Not so much.  Sean David Morton has reared his ugly head from the bowels of a federal prison and is back on his old schtick spouting on about predictions, how evil people on the Internet are after him, hawking his wares, how his self published book is just oh so dangerous that it was the real reason he's in prison.

The truth of the matter is simple: Morton and his wife victimized desperate people and defrauded the government out of nearly $500,000.00, even after being warned to desist their illegal activities, and that's what landed him in prison.  The only conspiracy afoot was the one Morton and his wife hatched to con people out of their money and line their own pockets. 

03 April 2018

Alleged Alien Body is Human, Greer (Again) Claims Conspiracy

In case you missed the news, the Atacama body promoted by UFO quack Steven Greer as being an alien being turned out to be 100% human.  This conclusion was reached after five years of scientific work from a variety of experts, including Dr. Garry Nolan of To The Stars Academy.

But science isn't enough to quell the conspiratorial ramblings of Steven Greer, even though he chose the scientist himself.  This reminds one of Linda Howe quickly dismissing the very terrestrial findings of scientists she chose to examine a bogus case she was promoting.

Greer promoted the Atacama being as extraterrestrial and wove quite a tale around how the body was found and came into his possession.  Greer held a crowd funding campaign and raised quite a bit of money to make a film entitled Sirius about the Atacama body.  While the film went on to promote the alien origin of the body, scientific examination has proved otherwise.

Does Greer concede to the scientific proof and move on?  Nope.  Greer, in the video below, now claims the results of the study on the Atacama body were manipulated by the CIA.  Of course, Greer has no proof of this and went as far to throw Dr. Garry Nolan and others involved under the bus in an attempt to paint them as incompetent puppets of an evil government.

Greer has to have the conspiracy in all he does, otherwise he has no way to promote himself or his wacky claims.  Truth does not serve Greer's interests.  There are enough idiots out there who are more satisfied with other idiots selling them on conspiracies because the truth simply isn't enough.  Just take a look at the comments section of the video on YouTube and you'll quickly see how easy it is to sell conspiratorial bullshit to people.

Greer says in the video the majority of the population doesn't trust the media.  Well, at least Greer has something in common with the media.  The sad truth here is that Greer's stunt backfired and this is all about damage control and keeping the faithful on the hook by cooking up yet another conspiracy.

But the story doesn't end with Greer babbling nonsense.  It looks like the Chilean government is investigating if the body was illegally exhumed.

ufowatchdog.com would like to thank Dr. Garry Nolan for his work on uncovering the truth about the Atacama being.  No thanks to Greer for trying to keep his mythology and paranoid rambling relevant.

10 January 2018

Sir, is this a court of record?

"Sir, is this a court of record?"
"I don't understand a thing that's going on here, Your Honor."
"What does any of that mean, sir?"
-- Self proclaimed "legal and Constitutional expert" Sean David to the judge presiding over his criminal sentencing hearing.


I was just sent a copy of the transcript from Sean David Morton's criminal sentencing - you can read it here.  If you're unaware, Sean David Morton was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison last September for his part in a scheme to defraud the IRS, including receiving a nearly $500,000 return based on a fraudulent tax return he filed.  His wife was sentenced to 24 months.

The transcript is a dizzying read where Morton appears to have gone on for over an hour trying to convince a judge to not send him to prison.  Morton threw it all out there trying to convince the judge that he shouldn't go to prison because...

- Morton helped get Ronald Reagan elected president.
- Morton was responsible for dropping the murder rate from 66 to zero in a bad area of Los Angeles.
- Morton used his bogus PhD to allegedly counsel at risk youth.
- Morton "lived an exemplary life".
- Morton did social work with a former USC football coach .

Morton even laid out his old and bogus claim of having lived in Nepal with the Dali Lama and a new one I had never heard him make; that his great, great grandfather was John Morton whom was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.  Morton is a proven liar and this simply sounds like more of his nonsense.  Someone told me Morton once claimed he was the heir to the Morton salt fortune.

Morton alleges to be a "legal and Constitutional expert" yet he does not know federal criminal court is a court of record.  Morton does not have a legal degree or a license to practice law and it is clear he does not know how basic court procedures work. 

There was one interesting bit that came out of Morton's mouth during the sentencing; Morton has claimed that his streaming Internet radio show was the number one show on the Internet.  The presiding judge asked Morton how large his audience was to which Morton responded, "It's an Internet radio show, we have no real way of knowing."  Then how do you know it's number one?  It never was.

Way too much in the transcript for me to cover in a post here, so you'll just have to read it on your own.

Click above to read what drove Sean David Morton to file a $1mil lawsuit and lose.

UPDATE:  Morton now has a public figure page on Facebook someone set up for him and the following message was posted:

"From Sean David Morton January 6, 2018:

Melissa needs help MORE THAN I DO....but whatever you can do for either of us would be greatly appreciated, and the LEGAL stuff is going VERY WELL, and we fully expect this case to be VOIDED OUT or overturned very SOON! WE DID NOTHING WRONG and we are all learning what CRIMINALS the DOJ ARE!"

Morton lists the inmate info for himself and his wife and is asking for money. This is just more of the same rhetoric Morton has been spewing about how the case is going to get tossed. Morton even said prior to trial that the case would not be going to court, yet it did. Again, how does someone claiming to be such an accomplished psychic/remote viewer not see this all coming?

The bottom line is that Morton is a predator who preyed upon the uninformed, the unsuspecting and the desperate for his own gain by charging people thousands of dollars they really didn't have but came up with out of pure desperation. Morton claimed during his sentencing that he was charging very little and taking donations, yet he clearly charged one person $2500 and an elderly couple couple $10,000 claiming he could erase their debt through a bonding process. It didn't work, Morton kept the money, and the husband in the elderly couple passed away leaving his widow more burdened. Plainly put, Morton is a scumbag of the lowest order who never accepted any responsibility for his actions. He's stooped to lying, victim blaming, and pointing the finger at everyone else for his actions.

15 December 2017

Stan Romanek Sentenced to 2 Years in Halfway House

Alleged alien abductee Stan Romanek (pictured left), who was found guilty of possessing child pornography last August, was sentenced yesterday to serve two years in a halfway house.  Romanek will also be on probation for a ten year period and is required to register as a sex offender.

Romanek was arrested by police in 2014 when a search warrant discovered hundreds of images of child pornography on Romanek's laptop computer.  Romanek entered a not guilty plea and the case went to trial resulting in him being found guilty of a single charge of possessing child pornography.

Romanek's wife initially announced they would be "bring UFOlogy into the courtroom" after claiming the laptop containing the child pornography images had been hacked as part of a scheme to discredit Romanek's UFO and alien claims.  However, neither UFOs nor aliens were used by Roamnek's attorney in his defense.

You can read more here.  

18 September 2017

Sean David Morton Sentenced to Federal Prison

Sean David Morton sentenced to federal prison.
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(Special thanks to Greg Bishop of Radio Mysterioso for his coverage of the sentencing hearing and providing ufowatchdog.com with updates and details)

UPDATE 09/18 @ 10:09PM (PST):  Greg Bishop has posted his notes from what he saw at the sentencing today.

Today at 11AM (PST), a federal judge sentenced bogus psychic Sean David Morton to 72 months in federal prison for his part in a tax scheme in which he was found guilty of falsifying tax documents, filing false tax returns while victimizing people for tens of thousands of dollars in a straw-man redemption scheme, and defrauding the IRS out of nearly $500,000.00.

Morton, who gained notoriety through the late night radio show Coast To Coast AM and through new age/UFO seminars for his wild predictions and UFO tales, was convicted on over 50 felony counts in federal court in early April.  Morton boasted he was "simply the best" when it came to making accurate psychic predictions, yet he never foresaw the coming of his own demise.

Federal agents originally arrested Morton and his wife in February 2016 as they disembarked from a conspiracy convention that took place aboard a cruise ship - ironically, one of the charges against The Mortons was conspiracy.  The Mortons were released after posting bond and later went to trial in federal court.

Prior to their arrest, the IRS contacted The Mortons on more than one occasion advising them the paperwork and forms they were filing were illegal and to cease filing them.  When The Mortons continued to file false bonds and paperwork in spite of repeated warnings from the IRS, a federal grand jury convened and indicted The Mortons on numerous felony counts.  While prosecutors filed 56 charges against each of The Mortons, they had the option of filing in excess of 100 charges against each Sean David Morton and Melissa Ann Morton.

Federal agents later served a search warrant on Morton's apartment and seized computers, mobile phones, and documents among other items.

During the trial, Morton represented himself and filed a myriad of bizarre filings in an attempt to disrupt proceedings, including proclaiming himself judge of his own court.

Self proclaimed "legal and
constitutional expert"
Sean David Morton.
"The court is familiar with the multitude of nonsensical pleadings [Morton] filed and stated in Court throughout the course of this criminal case, which has not abated since his conviction. [Morton]'s pattern of conduct of filing unintelligible pleadings began weeks after the initial indictment of defendants...The day [Morton] was released from his arrest, he filed unintelligible pleadings..." -- Prosecutors in a sentencing recommendation for Sean David Moron

Morton was advised several times by the presiding judge concerning his outbursts in court and his repeatedly calling IRS agents "jack booted thugs".  A jury took two hours to deliberate and return guilty verdicts on all counts against Morton and his wife.

After his conviction, prosecutors from the Department of Justice were seeking an 87 month prison term calling Morton "a serial fraudster."  Morton was scheduled to be sentenced in June but failed to appear in court as ordered.  A warrant for Morton's arrest was immediately issued.

"This is clearly a case where [Morton] has willfully undertaken a systematic effort to impede this prosecution and the resulting sentencing." -- Prosecutors sentencing recommendation on Morton.

Federal agents began surveillance on Morton's apartment, later spotting Morton's car parked at a nearby Domino's Pizza.  A short time later, federal agents observed Morton walking out of the business wearing a hat, sunglasses, a hooded jacket with the hood up, carrying a black computer bag.  Morton got back into his car and drove away.  It is unknown what kind, if any pizza Morton may have ordered.

Federal agents continued following Morton where he next stopped at the Fairmount Private School in Anaheim, California.  Agents reported being able to see Morton in the building as Morton repeatedly looked through a window, but did not elaborate on why Morton was there.  It appears the agents were waiting for what they felt was the best tactically safe place and time to arrest Morton, and with good reason; Morton's wife had told federal agents that Morton had a firearm.

On June 21st, agents from the U.S. Marshall's Service observed Morton's car parked in the driveway of his apartment and moved in to take Morton into custody.  Agents entered the apartment only to find Morton's wife inside and she denied knowing his whereabouts.

Melissa Morton had been allowed to remain out of custody on a release agreement which included her allowing federal authorities to monitor her cellphone and computer activity along with her agreeing to have no contact with Morton.  She also agreed to pay $10,000.00 if she violated any of the terms of her release.

Sean David Morton on a live YouTube interview while
he was still a wanted fugitive.
While on the run from authorities, Morton appeared on a live streaming YouTube program.  During the broadcast, Morton called the prosecutors and judge in his case "the biggest gang of criminals you're ever gonna' see." He also stated no warrant had been issued for his arrest and he was working on addressing legal issues relating to his case.

Morton made the baffling and unsubstantiated claim that the federal government profited over $417,000,000.00 by prosecuting him in a "kangaroo court."  Federal prosecutors noted this YouTube appearance in Morton's updated sentencing recommendation.

All of Morton's disjointed and babbling appeals were denied well before the YouTube broadcast and he had brought an end to any legal options he might have had because he had not been sentenced.  In order for an appeal to be considered, a case has to be completed including a defendant having been sentenced.  Morton claims to be a "legal and constitutional expert", but he does not have a law degree nor is he a licensed attorney.

Morton said during this same program that he would be returning to his Internet radio show soon, and undoubtedly Morton intended to use his status as a federal fugitive in an attempt to bolster his show.  Morton appeared on another streaming Internet program where he mocked the government by jokingly saying "oh no, they found me" while he laughed.

Hotel where The Mortons were taken into custody.
The following day, August 21st, federal agents followed Morton's wife to a hotel in Desert Hot Springs, California where she was meeting with Morton to view the eclipse.  Morton was taken into custody by the hotel's pool while Melissa Morton was nowhere to be found.  Federal agents intercepted Melissa Morton as she attempted to elude them by driving out of the hotel parking lot.  The arrest brought Morton's 61 day run as a fugitive to an end and both of The Mortons were lodged in jail without bail.

"In its original sentencing position, the Government presented ample evidence of defendant’s obstreperous conduct leading up to and after the trial in this case..." -- Prosecutors in a revised sentencing recommendation on Morton.

Melissa Ann Morton
For her part in the tax scheme, Melissa Morton was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison.  Melissa Morton helped to move and conceal funds she and Sean David Morton had fraudulently received from the government after they filed false tax returns multiple times in order to circumvent the IRS computer system.  She also helped to prepare and notarize false tax documents and filed false tax returns.

"[Sean David Morton] is a serial fraudster with a long history of perpetrating financial crimes and wasting precious time and resources of the government and the courts."  -- U.S. Attorney General on Sean David Morton.

The Mortons moved quickly to hide nearly $500,000 they received from the IRS through a fraudulent tax return.  Melissa Morton withdrew $70,000 in cash, opened other bank accounts to funnel funds into, and leased a BMW automobile.  Melissa Morton later lied to investigators about her bank accounts.  The Mortons filed multiple false tax returns attempting to obtain millions in fraudulent returns even though Sean David Morton has no verifiable income.

The Mortons were living it up while filing for
bankruptcy and claiming they were nearly homeless
after they defrauded investors out of $6,000,000
and later were charging people thousands for a
phony debt redemption scheme.
The Mortons charged people thousands of dollars claiming they could eliminate anyone's personal debt through a bonding process.  The Mortons received a letter from the California Tax Franchise Board advising the bonding process they were selling was not legitimate along with warnings from the IRS.

In spite of these warnings and knowing the process did not work, The Mortons continued selling the bonds to people including a woman who paid $2500.00 for The Mortons to erase her massive student loan debt, and an elderly couple who paid The Mortons $10,000 to erase their overwhelming debt.  In both cases, the bond process did not work and The Mortons refused to refund their money.

" I have never stolen from anyone in my life, and I cannot even fathom how someone could risk incurring such karma for base, short term monetary gain."  -- Sean David Morton in 2010 about his being sued by the SEC for defrauding investors.

The Mortons enjoyed season tickets
to USC Trojans football games
while claiming they were broke
and almost homeless in 2015.
In 2010, Morton and his wife were sued by the SEC in a case where The Mortons defrauded $6,000,000 from investors in what SEC officials called a "psychic scheme" where Morton claimed he could use his alleged psychic powers to predict the stock market.  The SEC investigation found very little of the money had actually been invested and The Mortons had diverted investor funds into personal accounts and shell companies.  The SEC also showed that none of Morton's stock market predictions were true nor accurate and Morton's claim of a prestigious financial firm accrediting the investment fund was also false.

The Mortons were ordered to repay nearly $12,000,000 in fines and restitution and were restrained from engaging in trading again.  The Mortons were sued by some of the investors including an elderly woman who lost her life savings in the scheme.

In 2015, The Mortons filed for bankruptcy but their application was denied after bankruptcy officers discovered The Mortons had lied under oath about their financial interests including claiming they paid for everything in cash and did not have bank accounts.  In spite of The Mortons claiming to be nearly destitute and homeless, they still managed to have season USC Trojans football tickets.  The Mortons were also charging people thousands of dollars in their debt redemption scheme and Morton was charging hundreds of dollars for psychic readings.

Click above to read the investigation Sean David Morton tried to suppress.
All he had to do was prove a single false statement had been made. When it came time for Morton to put up, his proof never materialized. Morton only needed to provide the court with a solitary piece of evidence and he couldn't do it."  --ufowatchdog.com editor on Morton's inability to prove any of his claims during a lawsuit Morton filed against ufowatchdog.com.

Morton was exposed in 2001 when ufowatchdog.com published its investigation, The Shameless Psychic and his Prophecy of Lies which exposed Morton's educational, background, psychic, and other claims as false.   In 2003, Morton attempted to sue ufowatchdog.com claiming the investigation was untrue and libelous.  After failing to prove a single claim in court, Morton lost and was ordered to pay $16,000 in legal fees to ufowatchdog.com.  Morton was directly invited to refute a single claim in the ufowatchdog.com investigation and he failed to do so.

Sean David Morton will be released from federal prion in 2023 and Melissa Ann Morton will be released in 2019.  During the sentencing hearing, Morton  spoke for roughly forty minutes telling the judge he was a sovereign citizen.  Morton told the judge it was a mistake that he represented himself in the trial and asked to be assigned legal counsel.  The judge denied Morton's request for representation and told Morton he explained the legal options available and the dangers of representing himself prior to trial.

The Mortons were both ordered to pay restitution, were ordered to not engage in any financial or debt relief, and will serve five years parole.

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