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Matt Edward Mathews aka "Eddie" - Career conman, bigamist, deemed a pathological liar, sociopath.
Married at least 11 times and has claimed:
He has money in a trust fund tied up by family squabbles (not true).
He was a:
Indy 500 Driver
Battalian Commander at the State Dept. of Forestry
In fact, he was none of these.
Mathews obtains all the props to pull a con on his victims/prospective victims.
For example, cars, uniforms, anything that is needed to prop up his "persona."
Mathews's method of operation is to meet (middle-aged) women (potential marks)
"through personal ads and at local restaurants." He becomes attentive, professing love,
and after a time, he requests "Loans." Loans which he never pays back. Instead he absconds
with the money and with personal belongings of the women.
Mathews does not limit his cons solely to women. He's stolen from a bicycle company.
The company was conned Mathews into donating a custom bike to "an imaginary child
dying from Lukemia." In reality, the bike was for himself.
1977- Santa Barbara County - Matt Mathews convicted of theft (2 women brought charges). Sentenced to 18 months prison.
Mathews marries his next mark, Diane McEwan. He promptly begins stealing from her
and cheating on her with other women (marks). McEwan loses her house/property and
she files for divorce.
1981- Private Investigator Walt Zwonitzer is hired by a victim, (widowed schoolteacher).
Matt Mathews was her fiance. Mathews had absconded taking her money, pickup truck
Walt Zwonitzer "There are literally dozens if not hundreds of women and businesses that
have been flim-flammed by Matt Mathews,"
1983 - Orange County, California - Matt Mathews convicted of theft by false pretenses.
3 women brought charges - $58,000 Sentence: 18 months in prison.
1990 - Matt Mathews convicted of grand theft. Sentence: 2 years in prison.
1999 - May - Matt Mathews, age 61, is arrested and convicted. He was deemed
guilty of six counts of grand theft and two counts of attempted grand theft.
Deanna Petrucco is one of the women he conned and who testified against him.
6 women - $40,000
Garden Grove- A teacher - $8,000 over a three-year period.
Laguna Hills - woman $5,000
San Clemente woman $27,000 "for dental implants and payments on a BMW."
Jane Jones, (real estate agent) posted $250,000 bail and paid for a high profile defense
attorney. She testified that Mathews did owe her money. She had helped purchase a
house for $336,000. She later ended her relationship with Mathews and sold the house,
recouping her funds.
Eight women came forward to testify that they had been defrauded by Matt Mathews.
"They believed Mathews because they had no reason not to, and when he said he loved
them, they believed that, too. When he asked for money, they were happy to help him."
Prosecutor Jim Marion "Mathews was at one point seeing five different women at once."
Marshall Schulman, Defense Attorney "Unfortunately, the jury was 10 women and two
men. I believe the female jurors had the attitude that " 'We're gonna get you because
you're a womanizer' and the men just went along." "This is just a bunch of women
smashing a man. " "Mathews has "some problems with self-confidence which cause
him to exaggerate his deeds" but that he always intended to pay the women back."
When it was his turn to speak, Mathews asked the judge for leniency in sentencing.
Matt Mathews "one of the past three convictions was for only a single count."
Sentence: Nine years and four months in prison. Ordered to pay $40,500 in restitution
and $200 in fines.
2009 - Matt Mathews is 72 years old.
Prosecutor Jim Marion "Mathews will continue to con when he gets out."
Gerald Franklin (Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorney) "I guarantee you that
until the day he dies he will be working on some con. It may not be terribly credible,
when he's 75 and gumming his porridge, but he'll be trying."