Pa. Man Uses Bad Check for Maserati: Police

An investigation showed his bank account was closed and he never had enough money to pay for car

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    Gabriel Matthews is charged with criminal attempt theft by deception, bad checks and access device fraud.

    The search is on for Gabriel Matthews, of North Wales, Pa., who is accused of trying to buy an expensive car he didn't have the money for.

    Matthews, 22, went into the Car Connections USA dealership in West Whiteland Township on Dec. 13, according to police, and said he was interested in buying a 2007 Maserati Quattrporte.

    After paperwork for the sale was finished, Matthews told the dealership he'd be paying by check.  He wrote two checks to cover the $60,616 price of the car, police said.

    The dealership then called Matthews' bank to verify the checks.  The bank told them Matthews' account had been closed.

    Matthews told Car Connections he would return with a different form of payment, but never came back.

    An investigation confirmed his account was closed and never had enough money to cover the cost of the car, according to authorities.

    West Whiteland Township Police say they have issued a warrant for Matthews but haven't been able to find him.

    They are investigating if he may have tried the same thing at other car dealers in the area.

    Matthews will face charges of Criminal Attempt Theft by Deception, Bad Checks, and Access Device Fraud.