June 22, 2024


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Stamford man allegedly impersonated Fairfield County police officers on social media, prosecutor says

STAMFORD — A Stamford person allegedly impersonated Fairfield County law enforcement officers and their spouses with bogus social media accounts that he used to make sexual advances towards all those victims’ acquaintances and co-staff, in accordance to a condition prosecutor.

Deputy Assistant State’s Lawyer Laurence Tomaccio claimed Pasha Torkamani, 37, specific officers, and the wives of officers, from the Norwalk, Stamford, Darien and Greenwich law enforcement departments as a portion of a legal impersonation plan that stretches nearly a ten years in some instances.

Torkamani was arrested three occasions around a monthlong interval previously this 12 months, and as soon as in 2019, on legal impersonation costs stemming from investigations that started out with a legal complaint designed to Norwalk law enforcement in September 2018.

In whole, Torkamani is dealing with four counts every single of 2nd-diploma harassment and prison impersonation, as nicely as one depend of second-diploma stalking.

The new information on Torkamani’s alleged targets surfaced in the course of a hearing Wednesday when lawyer Joseph J. Colarusso, who signifies Torkamani, requested Judge Kevin Randolph to allow for his shopper to go on a household vacation at the stop of Could.

Under Torkamani’s recent circumstances of launch, he is remaining held on residence confinement. He is not permitted to depart his home without authorization below these terms.

“Home confinement is not only quite, extremely restrictive, but it’s pretty much punitive” Colarusso mentioned, noting that his customer is only facing Class A misdemeanors in these conditions.

“We’re not asking you to improve (the circumstances of release), we’re inquiring you to permit him to journey this one 7 days with his wife and younger kids,” he said.

The court is predicted to make a conclusion on the make a difference at Torkamani’s subsequent courtroom day May possibly 11.

In accordance to a warrant for Torkamani’s arrest, investigators realized that a Norwalk law enforcement officer was remaining impersonated on a social media account, which was then remaining applied to deliver harassing and sexually explicit messages to that officer’s pals and household.

Torkamani was afterwards arrested after an investigation identified him as the culprit in the scenario, the warrant explained.

In drop 2021, Stamford police discovered from the spouse of a Stamford law enforcement officer that she was the target of a equivalent case of felony impersonation.

Just after a prolonged investigation, law enforcement pinpointed Torkamani, who was arrested on comparable expenses in Norwalk in 2019, Conklin said. With a search warrant, police seized proof that they say inbound links Torkamani to the impersonation.

Working with data discovered on seized devices, law enforcement have been equipped to link Torkamani to very similar legal impersonation circumstances in Greenwich and Darien.

Torkamani, who was good friends with most of the individuals he impersonated, applied a mixture of publicly obtainable and private information and facts to pose as the target on several social media and other internet-primarily based platforms, in accordance to his arrest warrants.

“In some conditions, the victims have expressed that Torkamani’s actions have brought about them duress and humiliation for several years, as they have experienced to describe to their spouses, family members users, buddies and co-staff that it was not them who had been generating the illicit on line contact,” Sgt. Sean Boeger of the Stamford Police Department mentioned at the time of Torkamani’s fourth arrest in February.

A motive for the alleged prison impersonations remains unclear, Boeger explained at the time.