Seattle's leading U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney resigned as federal prosecutors leveled allegations that he used immigrants’ identities to open credit cards.
Prosecutors with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section claim ICE Chief Counsel Raphael Sanchez used the fraudulently obtained credit accounts to defraud the creditors. The scheme is alleged to have run for four years before it was discovered last fall.
Sanchez is alleged to have stolen the identities of seven people involved in immigration proceedings. Federal prosecutors contend Sanchez stole from American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, Discover and JPMorgan Chase.
“Sanchez devised and intended to devise a scheme.... Using the personally identifying information of seven aliens in various stages of immigration proceedings with the United States Immigrant and Customs Enforcement to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Luke Case and Jessica Harvey said in court papers.
In a Tuesday email to SeattlePI, Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas said Sanchez resigned Monday, the day he was charged. He served as chief counsel in the agency's Seattle office.
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