Top lawyer for ICE in Seattle faces theft, wire fraud charge
February 14, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) — A lawyer for ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing immigrants’ identities, according to court documents filed Feb. 12 in US District Court in Seattle.
Raphael Sanchez, identified as ICE’s chief counsel in Seattle, faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another of wire fraud in the document filed Monday.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department allege that Sanchez stole the identities of seven people “in various stages of immigration proceedings” from October 2013 until at least October 2017 in order to defraud credit card companies including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One.
The Justice Department said Tuesday that Sanchez had resigned, effective Monday. Sanchez is due to enter a plea on Thursday.