17. Newton’s fraud did not end with UFOs and doodlebugs
Throughout his tenure has a self-appointed expert on UFOs and aliens, Newton carried with him a piece of metal. He claimed it to be indestructible. He also claimed it to be from one of the crashed UFOs he had seen. Eventually, it was tested by the authorities and found to be aluminum. By then, Newton had begun stepping away from his role as an authority on UFOs and alien bodies. He changed his stories, claiming he had not actually seen the UFOs but was repeating the descriptions told to him by people who had. He made the same claim regarding the alien bodies he previously claimed to have seen in a secret government facility. Though he downplayed his expertise on UFOs as they were debunked by science (he once claimed UFOs flew at twice the speed of light) he continued to be cited by ufologists. His tales were repeated and embellished within the UFO community.
In 1969 he appeared again, in yet another fraudulent scheme. This one used decidedly dated technology, repeating a scam which occurred frequently throughout history. He engaged in a mine salting scheme for the purpose of defrauding investors. Indicted for the crime in 1969, he entered a guilty plea. The mine salting scheme took place while Newton was under charges of fraud related to oil wells in California. The FBI’s files in the Unexplained Phenomenon category describe Newton’s long history of operating as a confidence man and grifter. The true unexplained phenomenon regarding Newton is probably the fact that he got away with it for so long a time, in several industries, without evidently ever serving any significant time in jail. Newton died in 1972, but many of the UFO myths he perpetrated continue today.