Manchester Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft Offenses

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Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAIME PINTO, 45, of Manchester, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for fraud and identity theft offenses stemming from his involvement in a scheme to use stolen identities to lease and purchase vehicles and motorcycles.

According to court documents and statements made in court, beginning in late 2017, Pinto, Domingo St. Hilaire Rosario and another individual conspired to use stolen identities to obtain vehicles and motorcycles at dealerships in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  As part of the scheme, Rosario arranged for a car or motorcycle to be purchased or leased from a dealership in the name of an identity theft victim, and Pinto or another co-conspirator impersonated the identity theft victim at the dealership to complete the paperwork.  Rosario supplied Pinto and others with fraudulent identification documents bearing the victim’s personal identifying information, and with a fraudulent photo identification that contained the identifying information of the victim and a photograph of a co-conspirator.  Rosario intended to sell or export the vehicles.

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Through this scheme, Rosario, Pinto and their co-conspirators acquired at least 13 vehicles and attempted to acquire at least two more.  Some of the vehicles were recovered by law enforcement and returned to the dealers.

On March 20, 2019, Pinto pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.  He has been detained since July 2019 after he violated conditions of his release and his bond was revoked.

On May 10, 2021, Rosario pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.  On October 20, 2021, Judge Bryant sentenced him to 65 months of imprisonment.

Judge Bryant ordered Rosario and Pinto to pay $203,873.11 in restitution.

This matter has been investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with substantial assistance from the Vernon Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Anastasia E. King.

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