Stamford man charged with impersonation for third time in ongoing criminal investigation


STAMFORD – A 37-year-old townsman has been arrested for the third time in less than a month in an ongoing investigation into charges he impersonated a dozen individuals using forged social media accounts, police said, then used the accounts to make sexual advances to the victims’ acquaintances and colleagues.

Pasha Torkamani, 37, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree criminal harassment, criminal impersonation and second degree harassment.

The new charges come two weeks after Torkamani was served with a second warrant for his arrest by Stamford police for criminal impersonation and second-degree harassment. The 37-year-old was originally arrested on the same charges in January following a months-long investigation by police.

Capt. Richard Conklin said investigators first learned of the criminal impersonation in the fall of 2021, when a woman alerted police that “someone had assumed her identity and was making sexual advances to acquaintances and colleagues of the victim,” he said.

After a lengthy investigation, police identified Torkamani, who was arrested on similar charges in Norwalk in 2019, Conklin said. Along with a search warrant, the police seized evidence they believe connects Torkamani to the impersonation.

Conklin said the impersonator used a combination of publicly available and private information to impersonate the victim on various social media and other internet platforms.

“Much of the contacts Torkamani engaged in online hubs to make sexual advances to acquaintances and colleagues of the victims he portrayed,” said Sgt. Sean Boeger, the lead investigator on the case.

Boeger said men and women were targeted, most of whom appear to be longtime Torkamani friends or, in some cases, colleagues.

“In some circumstances, victims said that Torkamani’s actions had caused them coercion and embarrassment for years, as they had to explain to their spouses, family members, friends and colleagues that they were not the ones who made the contact online. “Boeger said.

The motive for the alleged criminal impersonations remains unclear, Boeger said.

Torkamani was released after posting $50,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court on May 18.

The police are still actively investigating the case.

Investigators encourage anyone else who believes they have been spoofed to contact the Stamford Police Department Major Crimes Unit at 203-977-4421 and ask to speak to Sgt. Sean Boger.


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