Feb 14, 2018, 6:15 AM ET

Seattle ICE lawyer charged with stealing immigrants' identities

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The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing the identities of multiple immigrants over a four-year span, according to charging documents obtained by ABC News on Wednesday.

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Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of devising a scheme to defraud major banks by using the identities of seven people who were “in various stages of immigration proceedings" with ICE between 2013 and 2017, according to the documents, which were filed in federal court on Monday.

Prosecutors alleged that he "devised and intended to devise a scheme" to defraud the several financial institutions, including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One, in an effort to obtain money and property under "false and fraudulent pretenses," the documents said.

Sanchez, who resigned from his post at the agency effective Monday, faces charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.

His lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment early Wednesday. She did, however, tell CNN that she planned to withhold comment on the matter until after Sanchez appeared in court.

Sanchez is scheduled to make his first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday.

This case is under an investigation conducted by ICE's internal affairs office, according to the immigration agency. ICE could not comment further and referred additional questions to the Department of Justice, as the matter is now pending judicial proceedings.

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  • Prophet With Honor

    It's amazing this is so rare, not just with immigrants, but with the disabled, veterans, and others where the lawyers/reps have access to all your data.

  • scott McIntosh

    Trump s wife s parents are not citizens so about family immigration what gives DIRTY don???

  • scott McIntosh

    Just place enhanced DMV photos on all Social Security Cards with W 4
    IRS forms when getting a job , also use for voting , and benefit programs and school registrations save 25 billion dollar wall for 25 bucks every ten years .
    Have Army troops guard the border they have more money in the budget now and we may soon need more Army troops soon anyway !!!

  • Dukedaddy

    Oh man! I can already hear Trump ripping this guy! The suspect has a Latino name, so Trump will be blaming his heritage for his behaviour.
    Trump did that to the Judge of Mexican decent so he will likely do the same to this guy.

  • mrphilbert

    Too bad we can't deport him.

  • trusake

    All ICE officials should be charged with crimes!

  • Rodney Bayburn

    More trump swamp creatures. Disgusting.

  • Jack25

    The cesspool under Trump thickens.

  • dynamited88

    so it's not the immigrants breaking the law, it's law enforcement. every aspect of the Dump administration is corrupt.

  • USAF Retired

    Crooks are everywhere.

  • Realpshep

    And people STILL REFUSE TO BELIEVE that cops and law enforcement are dirty, self serving scum. But keep blindly supporting these crooks.