Wally Mathews is wanted by the Diplomatic Security Service for passport fraud. Mathews was discovered when he provided fraudulent documents, including a U.S. passport, to obtain pilot certificates with Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) in June 2012. HKA provided this information to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, concerned that one of their pilots may be involved in passport fraud.
Further investigation by the Diplomatic Security Service revealed that in 2000 Mathews falsified documents by changing his date of birth in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Mathews is originally from Iraq and fled to the U.S. in 1993, seeking asylum. With his new date of birth, Mathews successfully received a new U.S. passport, a FAA pilot certificate (he was a former airline pilot prior to coming to the U.S.), Hong Kong identification card, and a Hong Kong pilot license. The new date of birth suggested that he was 10 years younger than his actual age. This was likely to avoid the mandatory retirement age for pilots.
As of January 2014, DSS has received numerous tips from current and former colleagues of Mr. Mathwes indicating that he is still attempting to obtain employment as a pilot, possibly in Nigeria or the Middle East. He may be using fraudulently obtained Iraqi identity documents under a false or assumed name in order to conceal his true identity and fugitive status.
Wally Mathews is currently believed to be in Iraq and on the run. He is approximately 5’7”, 180 pounds, with black eyes and black hair. If you have any information on Wally Mathews, please contact us by calling toll-free 1-855-TIP-4-DSS or emailing us at DSSMostWanted@state.gov.