[BreachExchange] Seattle ICE attorney charged with stealing immigrants' identities

Audrey McNeil audrey at riskbasedsecurity.com
Wed Feb 14 20:20:41 EST 2018


The chief counsel for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Seattle
field office was charged with stealing the identities of seven people who
were involved in immigration proceedings, according to court documents.

Raphael A. Sanchez allegedly devised a plan to defraud several financial
institutions by using their identities to obtain money and property over a
four-year period between October 2013 to October 2017, according to the
court documents filed Monday in the US District Court for the Western
District of Washington.

He allegedly used "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," according to the
document. He allegedly forwarded a copy of a Chinese passport and other
personal information of an individual from his ICE email address to a Yahoo
account, the document states.

Sanchez faces one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity

A source familiar with the case told CNN's Laura Jarrett that Sanchez is no
longer with the agency. CNN reached out to the ICE Western region office
for comment and was told to refer questions to the Department of Justice.

His attorney, Cassandra Stamm, told CNN she is withholding comment on the
matter until after Sanchez appears in court Thursday.

Sanchez will make his initial court appearance in US District Court in

CNN's Laura Jarrett contributed to this report.
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