Lawyer For ICE Accused of Stealing Identities Of Immigrants Agency Was Investigating


The attorney, Raphael Sanchez, is facing one count each of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft according to court documents filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, reports CNN.

Neither Sanchez nor his lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, immediately returned emails seeking comment Tuesday.

Sanchez resigned effective February 12, the day the information-a federal charging document-was filed in the Western District of Washington. But the charging document in the case says Sanchez emailed himself identifying information from seven immigrants "in various stages of immigration proceedings" before ICE, and then tried to open credit cards in those people's names.

According to the complaint, the case was lead by the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section in Washington, DC, which oversees corruption cases involving public officials.

Rather than filing an indictment, Sanchez's charges were announced in an information.

So much so that the deportation raids and travel bans have increased dramatically, but these antics have nothing to do with the legal or illegal status of Americans, nor does it have much to do with national security, because if that was the case Sanchez wouldn't have been using information of immigrants for financial gains.

According to The Associated Press, the email also allegedly contained a Puget Sound Energy bill in R.H.'s name for service at an address in a southern Seattle neighborhood with a large Asian population, to which property records list Sanchez as the owner of the address cited in the information. He resigned the same day as chief counsel.

The AP reported that Sanchez is scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday to enter a plea.