Manchester traffic stop leads to identity theft charges

A traffic stop in Manchester Thursday night led police to a potential case of stolen identity.

Late Thursday night, an officer stopped an SUV after seeing it driving away from a crash scene on Union Street, police said. The driver was arrested on a charge of conduct after an accident.

Police said Wilson Disla-Soto, 38, is from the Dominican Republic and was deported in 2013 for several felony drug offenses. But when he was booked in Manchester, he gave police a false name, claiming to be Gino Matta, of Puerto Rico, police said.

According to police, the officer in charge had recently taken a course titled “Identifying the Imposter,” in which a suspect is able to purchase a package containing the information needed to pose as someone from Puerto Rico, and that training helped him uncover the deception.

In the affidavit, the officer in charge said he compared a photo on file for Matta and was able to determine that the suspect was not the same man. Disla-Soto also entered a Social Security number that actually belongs to a woman, police said.

“Beyond assuming these false identities, he has taken other steps to conceal his identity, including mutilating his fingerprints,” Manchester police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said.

Disla-Soto faces several other charges, including conduct after an accident. Bail was set at $20,000 cash-only.


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