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Zhao writes: "The chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team in Seattle has been accused of stealing immigrants' identities and using them to defraud credit card companies."

ICE agents. (photo: ABC)
ICE agents. (photo: ABC)

An ICE Lawyer Was Charged With Stealing Immigrants' Identities to Defraud Multiple Banks

By Christina Zhao, Newsweek

14 February 18


he chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team in Seattle has been accused of stealing immigrants' identities and using them to defraud credit card companies.

Raphael A. Sanchez was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a court document filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on Monday.

According to the document, Sanchez allegedly stole the identities of seven people who were involved in “various stages of immigration proceedings” and used them to obtain money and property by defrauding several financial institutions, including Capital One, Citibank, JP Morgan, Bank of America and American Express. The alleged crimes took place over a four-year period, between October 2013 and October 2017.

"[Sanchez used] the personally identifying information of seven aliens in various stages of immigration proceedings... to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises,” the charging document stated.

The document also accuses Sanchez of stealing an image of a Chinese person’s permanent resident card and the biographical page of their passport. The victim was identified only as R.H.

The charge, dated April 18, 2016, states that Sanchez emailed the images from his ICE government work email to his personal Yahoo email address along with a “Puget Sound Energy bill addressed to R.H”.

In addition to the filing on Monday, Sanchez also resigned from his post at the agency effective the same day, the Associated Press reported.

ICE has made headlines in recent months for its role in President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. Late January, immigration agents were reportedly told that it is now official U.S. government policy to capture and detain undocumented immigrants in federal, state and local courthouses.

On Monday, the police department in Tukwila, Washington, close to Seattle, came under fire after it turned an immigrant calling for help over to ICE agents.

Sanchez’s defense attorney Cassandra Stamm did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment. your social media marketing partner


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-1 # Robbee 2018-02-15 11:16
we had our last clear shot at escaping dickhead in nov. 2016 - AND WHIFFED!

“never hillary!” = “dickhead forever!”

don’t it always seem to go?
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+1 # chrisconno 2018-02-15 12:30
It seems that our having been burdened with the worst of the worst in leadership equals we now have the worst of the worst in power in every facet of life.

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