Sean David Morton

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—Morton, on the 2016 "ConspiraSea" cruise.[1] He was arrested upon reaching land[2]

Sean David Morton (b. 1959) is a psychic and convicted felon, found guilty on 7 April 2017 of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of filing false claims against the United States, and 26 counts of passing false or fictitious financial instruments.[3]

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[edit] Education

Morton attended Woodside High School in Redwood City, California, graduating in the class of 1976. He attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts.

At various times Morton has made additional claims about educational institutions he has attended, viz:

  • Stanford University
  • USC Julliard Program
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (Advanced degree in Drama)
  • British University of Cairo, Egypt (studies in Arabic, Egyptology, and Middle Eastern politics)
  • Berachah Church, Houston, TX (Doctorate in Theology)
  • Tengboche Monastery, Mt. Everest, Nepal (studies in ancient history, prophecy, astral travel, planetary healing, tantric sexual meditation techniques, ceremonial dance, and many of the "hidden mysteries of the Universe")
  • Tibetan University, Dharmsala, India

Royce Myers of UFOwatchdog investigated these claims and found all of them to be false.[4]

[edit] Other claims

Morton has called himself "America's Psychic" and has said that his psychic gift enabled him to predict with precision movements in currency trading. He also claims to be a remote viewer.

He has claimed to be the original exposer of Area 51.

He uses the title "Doctor" when it suits him, based on a Ph.D. in therapeutic psychology from the unaccredited International Institute of Health and Spiritual Sciences in Montreal, Canada. That institution confers doctorates to anyone who pays.[5][6]

[edit] Activities

Morton has appeared as an interviewee on at least eight TV documentaries dealing with UFOs and alien visitation. He has also appeared on five episodes of Ancient Aliens, credited as a Ph.D. theologian.[7]

From 1996 to 2010, Morton ran Delphi Associates Newsletter (DAN), a print and online publication in which he made economic, financial and political predictions. Many of the allegations of fraud against Morton stem from those activities.

In the 2000s, Morton was a frequent guest on the overnight radio show Coast to Coast AM. He would make predictions and solicit clients for Delphi Associates.[8] His last appearance was 11 March 2008, at which time he sounded the alarm about the so-called Amero — a replacement for the dollar that would be valid throughout Canada and Mexico in addition to the USA. Amero currency was already being printed, he stated.

Morton is now host of an internet-streamed talk show on freedomslips.[9]

[edit] Legal shenanigans

[edit] Civil actions

On April 1, 2003, Morton lost a civil suit in which he claimed he had been libeled by ufowatchdog.com. He alleged that his reputation had been damaged to the value of $1,000,000 after they published an article entitled The Shameless Psychic and His Prophecy of Lies. The article exposed many of the claims made by Morton as false, including portions of his alleged education, his associations and his alleged psychic powers. Morton was ordered to pay $16,000.00 in legal fees to the website, whose editor said: "Mr. Morton was only required by California law to prove a single false statement was made by ufowatchdog.com. [...] [He] failed to meet that simple requirement."[10]

On March 4, 2010, Morton and his wife Melissa were charged with civil securities fraud.[11][12] He is alleged to have defrauded around 100 customers of $6 million between 2006 and 2007. According to the SEC, only a fraction of the money received by Morton went into foreign exchange trading accounts and the rest was placed in shell companies run by Morton and his wife.[13]

In February 2013, Morton was ordered by a judge to pay $11.5 million to the SEC within 14 days.[14][15]

[edit] Criminal charges

On 23 September 2015 Federal Marshals executed a search warrant on Morton's house in Hermosa Beach and seized approximately 10,382 pages of electronic pdf files, 1,300 word files, 100 excel files, and over 2600 pages of text messages and emails obtained from nine digital devices; also approximately 11,000 pages of tax returns, financial statements, emails, text messages, and other correspondence obtained from IRS records and various third-party individuals and financial institutions.

In February 2016 Morton was a paid speaker on that year's ConspiraSea cruise, embarking from San Pedro, California. During the cruise Morton lectured his audience on legal affairs, offering advice about how to avoid taxes.[16][17] On disembarking, both Morton and his wife Melissa were arrested by Federal agents and taken into custody.

Interviewed by Kerry Cassidy a month later,[18][19] Morton said that the charges against him were certain to be dropped because he is "not a 14th Amendment citizen", a common tax protester argument.

[edit] On trial

The Mortons went on trial in the Federal District Court, Los Angeles, 4 April 2017. Sean Morton represented himself, whereas Melissa Morton retained counsel.[20]

A News Release from Sandra R. Brown, Acting U.S. attorney, Central District of California, dated 7 April 2017,[21] noted in part:

The evidence presented at trial showed that the Mortons filed income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service that falsely claimed they had income from various banking institutions reported on Forms 1099-OID. As part of the scheme, the Mortons falsely reported large withholdings and claimed they were owed refunds from the IRS.

As a result, the IRS erroneously issued a refund of $480,323 to Sean Morton for a 2008 income tax return. On the same day the refund was deposited into the Mortons’ joint bank account, the couple took immediate steps to conceal the money, which included opening two new accounts, transferring over $360,000 to the two new accounts, and withdrawing $70,000 in cash.

When the IRS took steps to collect the erroneous refund, the Mortons began a campaign to thwart the government’s collection efforts. Specifically, when the IRS placed a levy on the couple’s joint bank account, Melissa Morton repeatedly sent letters to the IRS that falsely claimed it was her sole and separate account.

When the IRS attempted to collect the erroneous refund from the Mortons, the Mortons presented to the IRS various “coupons” and “bonds” that purported to pay off their debt with the IRS. The Mortons created and submitted these bogus documents to the IRS, instructing the agency to draw upon funds with the United States Treasury to satisfy their debt.

Both were found guilty, the jury needing only two hours to come to a decision.

[edit] The "Morton Court"

On 8 April, with Melissa Morton in a coma following a serious stroke, it came to light that Sean David Morton had filed a petition titled Morton Court Law Decreed on 5 April. This petition, five pages plus 49 pages of exhibits,[22] seems to ask the court to empanel a jury so that Morton may put his prosecutors on trial with himself as judge. Morton seeks return of his property seized by warrant and also demands payments of $2,048,000 from each of seven "wrongdoers," headed by Eileen Decker, a U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. Also among the seven were Assistant United States Attorneys Valerie Makarewicz and James C. Hughes of the Tax Division, who led the case in court.

[edit] Crowdfunding

On 14 April the Mortons launched a crowdfunding campaign with a target of $10,000.[23][24] It is thought they would not recompense their many victims if the money is eventually raised.

[edit] Publications

  • Morton, Sean; Haley, Wayne (2006). Black Seraph: A Novel of Espionage and Intrigue. BookSurge. pp. 188. ISBN 9781419638602. 
  • Morton, Sean (2014). Sands of Time, Book 1. Starlocke Publishing. pp. 380. ISBN 978-0985897468. 
  • Morton, Sean (2014). Sands of Time, Book 2. Starlocke Publishing. pp. 302. ISBN 978-0985897451. 
  • Morton, Sean (2016). Sands of Time, Book 3. Amazon Digital Services. pp. 400. 

[edit] References

  1. One Week on a Cruise for Conspiracy Theorists - ConspiraSea --Youtube (at 06:16)
  2. Altman, Larry (February 1, 2016). "Hermosa Beach couple charged with trying to defraud U.S. government". Daily Breeze. http://www.dailybreeze.com/general-news/20160201/hermosa-beach-couple-charged-with-trying-to-defraud-us-government. Retrieved March 24, 2016. 
  3. "Hermosa Beach couple convicted in federal tax fraud case," Daily Breeze (Torrance, Calif.) April 7, 2017,
  4. The Shameless Psychic and his Prophecy of Lies Part II
  5. International College of Spiritual & Psychic Sciences web site
  6. When, in April 2012, Jason Colavito requested Ph.D. documentation from Morton he received obscene e-mail
  7. IMDB credit list
  8. SDM page at Coast to Coast
  9. Strange Universe Radio
  10. Report from ufowatchdog
  11. SEC Charges Nationally Known Psychic in Multi-Million Dollar Offering Fraud Civil Action No. 10-CV-1720 (SDNY) (DC)
  12. Dominic Rushe (March 7, 2010). "US authorities chase psychic in $6m 'scam'". The Sunday Times. 
  13. Alison Gendar (March 4, 2010). "Psychic Sean David Morton scammed $6M convincing people he could predict stocks' fortune, SEC claims". New York: Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/money/2010/03/04/2010-03-04_feds_on_hunt_for_starstruck_pyschic_who_scammed_6m_from_investors.html. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  14. "Securities and Exchange Commission v. Sean David Morton, Vajra Productions, LLC, 27 Investments, LLC, and Magic Eight Ball Distributing, Inc., defendants, and Melissa Morton and Prophecy Research Institute, relief defendants, Civil Action No. 10-CV-1720 (SDNY) (KBF)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. February 15, 2013. http://www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2013/lr22619.htm. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  15. Helen Christophi. "Psychic Must Pay SEC $11.5M For Bogus Market Predictions". Law360. http://www.law360.com/newyork/articles/415350. 
  16. One Week on a Cruise for Conspiracy Theorists - ConspiraSea --Youtube. Morton (at 06:16) "I'm a legal scholar.. I host the Number #1 radio show on the Internet"
  17. A second lecturer on tax avoidance, Winston Shrout, was also indicted by a grand jury. On 21 April 2017 he was found guilty in Federal court in Oregon of 13 counts of issuing false financial statements and 6 counts of willful failure to file a tax return. Sentencing is set for 1 August.
  18. Project Camelot interview
  19. According to Bill Ryan Kerry Cassidy herself lost $116,000 invested with Morton. Ryan says he lost $25,000
  20. see the 56-count indictment
  21. Official statement on the outcome of the trial, updated 9 April
  22. PDF of Morton Court Law petition
  23. Free Sean David Morton From Gears Of The Machine! Indiegogo campaign
  24. Help Sean David Morton on Appeal Gofundme campaign
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