Maryland Man Charged After Fraudulently Obtaining Cars

McLean and Sully Police Districts – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau charged Nickolas Mathis, 36, of Maryland, with multiple felony offenses following a serial crime spree involving the fraudulent purchases of several automobiles at dealerships in Fairfax, Tysons and Chantilly.

The investigation began in early November after Mathis purchased a 2020 Dodge Charger and two 2015 Mercedes-Benz sedans totaling more than $142,000 from three dealerships on separate occasions. Mathis used stolen identities and fraudulent driver’s licenses from New Jersey and Pennsylvania to facilitate the purchases. Following a thorough investigation and with the assistance of local law enforcement partners, Mathis was identified. Arrest warrants were obtained in mid-December. Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau distributed informational bulletins to local car dealerships throughout the area after believing Mathis’ criminal behavior may have extended into other jurisdictions.   

Mathis was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 27, while attempting to purchase a car using fraudulent identification documents at a dealership in Woodbridge. Employees recognized Mathis from the bulletin provided by our Major Crimes detectives who collaborated with Prince William County Police to effect the arrest. Mathis was taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he was served with 13 outstanding warrants for grand larceny auto theft, forgery and identity theft. He was also served with two warrants for similar crimes from Fairfax City PD. Charges from Prince William County PD will be served upon Mathis’ release. He is currently being held without bond. 

“So many of the criminal investigations that detectives in our Major Crimes Bureau handle present some sort of unique obstacles,” said Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Commander, Major Crimes. “Fraud is often a complex crime to investigate. When suspects begin using multiple identities, detectives must explore every single lead. The determination and perseverance by our detectives on this case ended a multi-jurisdiction crime spree. I applaud the dedicated detectives and crime analysts who worked tirelessly for closure. I hope this arrest brought a sense of justice not only to those affected businesses in our area, but to those victims whose identities were stolen and used to commit these crimes.”

Anyone with information about these investigations is asked to contact our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 5.

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