Top ICE Atty Stole Immigrants' Identities While Cases Were Reviewed

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Raphael Sanchez allegedly defrauded several financial institutions using identities he stole from seven immigrants.

The top attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was indicted Monday for wire theft and aggravated identity theft. Chief counsel Raphael A. Sanchez allegedly stole the identities of seven immigrants as their cases were being processed, and over a four-year span defrauded several financial institutions.

Sanchez resigned on Monday.

Sanchez used the identifying information of the seven immigrants to "defraud financial institutions" including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, Discover, and JPMorgan Chase, according to the charging document. He also allegedly used his official ICE email address to forward personal information of one of the victims, including an energy bill, a US residence card, and copy of a Chinese passport.

ICE's Seattle office referred questions regarding Sanchez to the Department of Justice, which has yet to comment.

Sanchez is due to appear in court on Thursday.