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Former Stamford police intern again accused of pretending to be cop

September 19, 2018

STAMFORD — He’s been charged with impersonating a police officer three times and a federal law enforcement agent once.

Now a former Stamford Police Department intern has been accused of pretending to be a New York Police Department detective to avoid paying a $118 motel bill.

Sgt. Ryan McAllister said Ashwin Mathur, 24, of Fieldstone Terrace, has been charged with impersonating a police officer and sixth-degree larceny. He was released after posting a $10,000 court appearance bond.

His attorney Michael Corsello was unavailable for comment. But Aaron Leonard, another attorney in the firm, pointed out that Mathur turned himself over to police and the alleged offense occurred more than a year ago.

Leonard said Mathur is due in court next month and he hopes his cases can be settled quickly.

McAllister said Mathur’s latest arrest stemmed from a complaint filed by a West Side motel. The motel manager reported a man identified himself as a NYPD detective who was helping Stamford authorities take down a prostitution ring and did not pay his bill after staying for several nights in September 2017.

“As he was exiting the motel in the morning, he played nice with the front desk staff and asked if they needed anything that he was running out for coffee. They said, no thanks, but you still owe us money. And he said, he’d be back and was just going to get coffee,” McAllister said.

When he did not return, a room check was done and the man’s belongings were gone.

McAllister said the motel manager identified Mathur in a photo lineup.

In May, federal authorities raided Mathur’s home following an incident in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where police said he told his girlfriend he was a U.S. Marshals deputy.

While he was interning in the Stamford police records department, Mathur was arrested in July 2015 when he was accused of telling a woman and her husband he was a cop investigating vehicle burglaries. A few days later, police said Mathur pulled a woman over with a blue strobe light in his car and gave her a warning for rolling through a stop sign.

Mathur was kicked out of the Stamford Police Department’s intern program for violating procedures by portraying himself as a cop to members of the public.

Mathur was accepted into a court diversionary program for those with psychological issues, which would have erased the two counts of impersonating an officer from his record.

However, Mathur was arrested in Westport last year when police said a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by a man she met online who pretended to be a cop. Mathur was kicked out of the diversionary program and charged with third-degree sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and police impersonation.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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