Lufkin man pleads guilty to creating fake Facebook page of businessman

Edgar Mathews (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Edgar Mathews (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man pleaded guilty without a plea deal to creating an imposter Facebook page for a Lufkin businessman and casting him as a homosexual.

Edgar Gordon Mathews, 34, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree online impersonation in Judge Gerald Goodwin's court.

Mathews pleaded without an agreement with the district attorney's office. Goodwin is scheduled to hand down the sentence on Nov. 7.

Mathews had created a Web page on Facebook without the victim's consent which was designed to harm his personal and public image.

The investigator looked at the Facebook page and reported the victim's name was adjusted to a female pseudonym and showed his pictures. It also referred to the victim's job, school, residence and status in pornographic sexual terms.

The victim told investigators that the page had already caused phone calls that were negative for his business.

Investigators subpoenaed records from Facebook which showed the IP address was connected to Mathews.

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