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ICE attorney arrested for stealing immigrants’ identities and using them for fraud

By Tanya Clark 6:56 AM February 15, 2018
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Many people were shocked over the arrest of an attorney who was accused of stealing the identities of people who were trying to emigrate to the United States.

The chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle, Washington, was accused of using the information for bank fraud.

During a 4-year period, Raphael A. Sanchez allegedly used the identities of 7 people who were in various stages of immigration proceedings.

According to a filing by the Justice Department, he used the documents to obtain money from banks and property.

After his arrest, Sanchez resigned from his position. He is facing charges of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.