Cops and Writers Podcast

152 Master Con Man Matthew Cox Was The Shark Swimming in The Housing Pool. (Part One)

January 07, 2024 Patrick O'Donnell / Matthew Cox / Jerri Williams Episode 152
Cops and Writers Podcast
152 Master Con Man Matthew Cox Was The Shark Swimming in The Housing Pool. (Part One)
Show Notes

Welcome everybody to part one of this very special show with my guest Matthew Cox. Dateline NBC called Matthew, "A gifted forger and silver-tongued liar." If you’re a true crime junkie, you’re going to love this show!

Matthew’s captivating story has been featured in Playboy, Rolling Stone, Dateline NBC, and numerous other news outlets.

Matthew Cox, one of the most ingenious con men in history—bilked America’s biggest banks out of millions. Despite numerous encounters with bank security, state and federal authorities, Cox narrowly avoided capture for years. During his run, Matt assumed over fifty identities and held twenty-six different valid driver's licenses. 

Eventually, the law caught up with Matt and he was convicted of multiple counts of Bank, mortgage, wire, and passport fraud and identity theft. Matt was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison.

Like any cop, sometimes we need back up. So, my good friend Retired FBI Special Agent Jerri Williams of the FBI Case File Review podcast, joined me for this interview. Jerri specialized in high level cons, scams, and Ponzi schemes when she was with the FBI and offers her expertise with this interview and I’m lucky she agreed to be on the show.

I also wanted to express my thanks to Vic Ferrari of the NYPD Thorough The Looking Glass podcast, for making the intros that made this episode possible.

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      How many years Matt served in prison what prison life was actually like and common misconceptions regarding prison, including the common ‘Club Fed’ persona.

·      Matt’s tough relationship with his alcoholic father, his learning disability, and how these things contributed to his criminality.

·      How small cons or frauds led to multi-million-dollar fraud.

·      What he was feeling when he was at the top of his game, committing multiple felonies and making millions of dollars.

·      How Matt ran these cons and frauds.

·      How cocky and proud was Matt when he was at the top of his game?

·      Who, and how many, were the different co-conspirators that were in on Matt’s frauds?

·      The Secret Service, FBI, and US Marshalls were hot on Matt’s trail for years. What were some of the near misses and close calls you had with the feds?

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