Michael Morris known for his scam with the 60dayfilmfinance.com reports on RIPOFF REPORT has started doing this again under a different name. He now runs MARATHON CREDIT GROUP out of Los Angeles. This is the corp details:
Marathon Credit Group
Incorporated by Michael G Morris, Marathon Credit Group, Inc. is located at 9107 Wilshire Blvd Ste 450 Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Marathon Credit Group, Inc. was incorporated on Friday, January 01, 2010 in the State of CA and is currently active. Michael G Morris represents Marathon Credit Group, Inc. as their registered agent.
Michaels registered business address is a Virtual Office who havent heard of him.
9107 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
On Michael Morris's LinkedIn page (http://www.linkedin.com/in/marathoncreditgroup)
He says "My Goals are simple. [continued below]....
..... To Educate Artists on Financing and to give them the ability to go play and have a real unconstrained or non limiting path to see their Visions to fruition"
Michael Morris also credits himself as Working for:
Creative Artists Management during 2004 - 2006
William Morris from 1988 - 2004
Creative Artists Agency from 1988 - 2004
Endeavor Agency from 1988 - 2004.
Obviously a very busy boy!!!
Four weeks ago, my film production company was introduced to Michael Morris through a partner of ours. We trusted this person who said she had dealt with Mr Morris a lot. So we went about seeking film finance for SEVERAL film projects, all with A-List cast and Crew and all ready to shoot within a two month period.
Michael Morris asked me and four other parties who were also introduced through this girl to pay a $2000 fee to have the funds Approved. Once these funds were approved we would need to deposit 1% of the project into an account of his to have the money drawn down within the 24 days specified. His method seemed good but that was only the start.
On the same day we put $2000 into his account we also put a further $10,000 into his account as our finance amount was $1Million U.S. Other people we were dealing with had budgets up to $7Million and they in turn were handing over $72,000, $32,000, $22,000 etc etc etc.
Within three weeks of paying our money to our approved finance things started to turn around. Michael became highly abusive and did everything he could to change WHO he was speaking to. Trying to turn people away from each other, causing massive stress and then making promises to those people. He stated to me that he will ONLY deal with my producer from this point on!! even though my name was all over the approval letter and I was the one paying the money. He then did everything in his power to convince my producer that he doesn't like dealing with someone that threatens him or abuses him.
The threats made to him were simple. I threatened to take legal action if this money is not drawn down on time as promised and approved. He then start telling my clients, friends and colleagues that I've threatened to have him killed, his family killed etc etc etc. Obviously this didn't go down well under a professional environment as my clients just wanted to start shooting the film. Now they're hearing that I as the EP is making threats against this guy.
He then told my producer that NOTHING IS GUARANTEED, even though I have a letter of Approval for the $1M finance I paid for. I again pulled him up on this and I immediately asked for a refund. He then stated that because he'd already started using the money to build a line of credit using the PRODUCERS tax information that there would not be any refund and that he would no-longer be dealing with me on the subject.
The producer then admitted to me that he had NOT given any Tax information to Michael and infact Michael had no information about my producers company to start anything. He also had no authority to start anything without my personal authorization.
After all of this he emails me to tell me that he has fired me as a client and I won't be getting my money back.!
During all of this hassle he stupidly agreed to me taping all telephone conversations between us as I live in Australia and wanted to make sure all the facts were open. I am currently putting together a large package of information about Michael Morris and the business dealings he has done now and in the past.
I want to hear from ANYONE who has had dealings with Mr Morris as I am currently speaking with the Federal Police in my country and the FBI Fraud investigators in the U.S.A. Any information you send would be handled with extreme confidentiality. We will take your direction on handing certain material over to the authority.
MICHAEL MORRIS is someone that has a very long list of lies and deception to his name. I can't believe I didn't know more about him before trusting a colleague to do business with him.
This man needs to be charged and labeled as a fraud. I will not stop until he pays for what he has done to so many people.