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The Latest: ICE cream attorney at law is ‘very sorry’ for stealing Ids

SEATTLE – The Latest on the former chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle plead guilty to federal charges (all local times):

11:10 pm

A lawyer of the former chief counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle says that her client is not offering an excuse for stealing the identity of immigrants.

Raphael Sanchez pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle on Thursday to charges that he has stolen immigrants’ identities and used them to defraud credit card companies and banks of more than $190,000. His lawyer, Casey Stamm, said in a written statement after the hearing that Sanchez is a “good person who has made serious mistakes.”

She added that he has “no apologies for his actions; on the contrary, he offers his sincere and very sorry.”

Sanchez was taken into custody after the hearing. Prosecutors and Stamm agreed to recommend a four-year term when he is sentenced May 11.

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10:45 pm

The former chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he stole immigrants’ identities.

Raphael Sanchez on Monday resigned, the same day officers of justice, a report of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty Thursday in U. S. District Court in Seattle, recognizes the right that his victims are vulnerable due to their immigration status.

Prosecutors say that starting in 2013, the 44-year-old Sanchez stole the identities of seven people in various stages of immigration proceedings in order to defraud credit card companies to the tune of $190,000.

Prosecutors and Sanchez his lawyer have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of four years in prison, but that is not binding on the court.

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7:47 pm

The 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.

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