Authorities have arrested a lawyer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle after allegedly stealing immigrants' identities.
Raphael Sanchez works as ICE's chief counsel in Seattle, but now he faces one count of aggravated identity theft and another count of wire fraud.
A charging document filed Monday in U.S. District Court reveals prosecutors with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section have charged Sanchez for stealing the identities of seven people.
Prosecutors allege Sanchez stole the identities of the seven immigrants while "in various stages of immigration proceedings" to defraud credit card companies including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One.
Sanchez tendered his resignation from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Monday and is due in court to enter a plea Thursday.
Court rules say this type of charging document filed in Sanchez's case can be filed only when a defendant has agreed to waive his or her right to be indicted by a grand jury and it is typically understood as an indication a plea agreement is in forthcoming.
The charging documents also revealed Sanchez sent an email from his government account to his personal Yahoo account that included personal information pertaining to a Chinese national identified only as R.H.
The email contained an image of R.H.'s U.S. permanent resident card, the biographical page of R.H.'s Chinese passport and a utility bill in R.H.'s name
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