Where is Matthew Cox Now? My True Crime Story Update

Matthew Cox was charged with fraud in several states, and he was arrested by federal authorities. VH1’s ‘My True Crime Story’ focuses on his early years and the time he spent on the run scamming people and stealing identities. The show also focuses on Matthew’s transformation from prison to a writer and how he made it his life. So, if you want to find out more, we’ve got you covered.

Matthew Cox: Who are you?

Matthew Cox was raised in Tampa, Florida by a Catholic family. He was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia at an early age. A school counselor told him that he wouldn’t be able to get a job that required him to rely on his brain. Matthew believed that his parents did not expect him to graduate high school. He did get an art degree at the University of South Florida.

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Matthew began his crime spree in the 2000s when he started a Tampa mortgage company. In an interview with The Atlantic, he said, “A broker would come in and say, ‘Look, this guy makes $65,000. If he made $75,000, I could get him a loan.’ And I’d say, ‘Bring me his W2s and his pay stubs, and I’ll change this, and I’ll change that.’ I hate to use the word Light fraud—there’s really no distinction—but in comparison to what I ultimately started doing, it was definitely light.”

Matthew was caught in 2001 after he sent a fake appraisal to the victim whose name he had forger. He pleaded guilty, avoided jail and received probation. Later, he sold his mortgage company to a friend. He began working as a consultant for him, but the bills and child support payments for Casio kept mounting up, prompting him to look for other ways to make more money than declaring bankruptcy.

Matthew presented a fake birth certificate to Social Security and an immunization record from a nonexistent baby to them. His art degree had made him a skilled forger. He did this with multiple fake names and used the Social Security numbers to apply for credit cards. Matthew was also involved in another scam. He had a fake person purchase rundown properties, then create appraisals greater than the actual price. He would then take out loans against the inflated value.

After the bank stopped receiving payment, the account was transferred to the collection agents. Matthew discovered a way to get around this. He looked up a newspaper article about an accident that involved a car, changed the name and retyped it. He would then send it along with a letter written by a sister who was not present to the bank, which led the bank to put the property up for foreclosure. Matthew was associated with several people, and the scam cost approximately $12 million.

Matthew found out that authorities were on his trail in December 2003. He ran off with Rebecca Hauck, his then-girlfriend. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, he schemed to defraud a homeowner in Florida by forging signatures on a fraudulent satisfaction-of-mortgage form, suggesting the mortgage was paid. They applied for new mortgages together and then repeated the scheme with many other unsuspecting individuals before Rebecca broke off with him after a physical altercation.

Matthew Cox: Where are you today?

Matthew was finally arrested in November 2006 after authorities received a tip. They believed he impersonated a Red Cross worker to steal homeless people’s identities. Matthew also stole the identities and financial information of drug rehabilitation patients. He pleaded guilty in April 2007 to bank fraud and identity theft, passport fraud, two charges of mortgage fraud conspiracy, as well as violating his probation. Matthew was sentenced in April 2007 to 26 years imprisonment in federal prison. He started his incarceration at Coleman Federal Correctional Institution.

There, Matthew turned to writing; he initially wrote about his life and crimes but later worked on another inmate’s memoir. He was soon flooded by requests from inmates for his stories. Matthew quickly had a waiting list. He would often spend hours sitting down with inmates. Matthew would look up files that he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act to help him in his research.

Matthew later said, “Everyone does their time in prison differently. Some prisoners fight their convictions, others workout in the recreation yard; I wrote my fellow prisoners’ true crime stories.” In a 2013 sentence reduction hearing, his lawyer mentioned his client’s cooperation with an FBI investigation and his help with a fraud case. His sentence was reduced by nearly 12 years.

Matthew was released on July 19, 2019, after spending almost 12.5 year behind bars. He wanted to focus on his writing career and had already published another book while in prison called ‘Generation Oxy: From High School Wrestlers to Pain Pill Kingpins.’ It appears that he currently lives in Florida and runs a website called Inside True Crime, where he uploads his written work.

Matthew is also an artist, and his YouTube channel has more than 50,000 subscribers. He interviews various people and discusses different cases. Matthew also presents talks on his life experiences at colleges and conventions.

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