Former Danbury man admits role in $200K car scheme

DANBURY — A former city resident pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and identity theft offenses in connection with his role in a scheme to use stolen identities to lease and buy vehicles and motorcycles, federal prosecutors said.

Domingo St. Hilaire Rosario, 57, pleaded guilty before Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 8.

Starting in late 2017, Rosario, Jamie Pinto and another person conspired to use stolen identities to get vehicles and motorcycles at dealerships in Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts, prosecutors said.

As part of the scheme, Rosario arranged for a car and motorcycle to be bought or leased from a dealership in the name of the victim, and Pinto or another co-conspirator would impersonate the victim to complete the necessary paperwork, prosecutors said. Rosario gave his co-conspirators fraudulent identification documents with the victim’s information. Officials said Rosario planned to sell or export the vehicles.

Throughout the scheme, prosecutors said, Rosario and his co-conspirators acquired at least 13 vehicles and tried to get at least two others. Some of the vehicles have been recovered by law enforcement and returned to the dealers.

In July 2018, Rosario was pulled over by New Jersey State Police while driving a Chevrolet Silverado that he got through the scheme from a dealership in Vernon, prosecutors said. Rosario then fled to the Dominican Republic, officials said.

On Feb. 28, 2019, a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment charging Rosario. He was extradited from the Dominican Republic in May 2020 and remains in custody.

Prosecutors said Rosario has agreed to pay $220,589.19 in restitution.

Pinto, 44, with a last known address in Manchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, fraud and identity theft offenses on March 20, 2019. He remains in custody and is awaiting sentencing.

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