Victim: Convicted sex offender ran Christian debt scam

By John Bachman - bio | email
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LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Kenneth Morton is back in jail after ripping off an electronic ankle monitor. He was first convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation back in 2002. Then, in 2007, he was arrested again for trying to lure underage girls into his Porsche. When they refused, he threw hundred dollar bills at the girls with his phone number on it.

Now, a man in West Virginia wonders if some of that money was his. He says Morton stole thousands of dollars from him, all while using the name of God, and promising to help him get out of debt. "We got so far in debt that we couldn't even make the minimum on our cards," said Jack Epperly.

Morton was running a business called Christian Crossroads Debt Services out of his Lake Worth Home, according to sources inside the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

"When we read their scripture references and all those sorts of things, we thought it was just the answer to our prayer to our debt situation," Epperly said.

He says Morton promised his company "Christian Crossroads" negotiate with his creditors. Epperly, a devout Christian, trusted him, and agreed to pay Morton and Christian Crossroads $720 a month. And a few years latter Morton promised Epperly's debt would be gone. Epperly says it's the biggest mistake they ever made. After paying more than $7000, he was still getting calls from credit card companies.

"We would go home and some days and have as many as eight or ten phone calls on our answering machine from some of debt collectors," Epperly said.

Meanwhile, Morton was trying to pick up under-aged girls at the Boynton Beach Mall in his Porsche. When they refused, he threw hundred dollars bills at them with his phone number on it. And after not getting any help after paying all that money, he contacted the authorities.

"Of course, the first thing they told us is that this was a scam, and that we should stop payment right away," Epperly said.

The Attorney General's Office from West Virginia and Florida contacted Morton. He returned the money to Epperly, and no charges were filed.

But investigators think there might be more victims out there.

Morton remains in the Palm Beach County jail as of Sunday night for violating his probation as a sex offender following a conviction for lewd and lascivious molestation.