SEATTLE – The now-former chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle is by the court, be prosecuted, that he stole from the immigrants’ identities.
Raphael Sanchez on Monday resigned, the same day officers of justice, a report of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He is expected to enter a plea Thursday morning in federal court in Seattle.
Prosecutors say that starting in 2013 Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings in order to defraud credit card companies.
Sanchez’s lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, has declined to comment on the case.
Sanchez is the second attorney in ICE’s office in Seattle to run into legal trouble in recent years. Jonathan Love pleaded guilty in 2016 for an amount that he falsified documents in an attempt to deprive an immigrant of the legal permanent resident status to which he was entitled.