The chief counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team in Seattle has been accused of stealing immigrants' identities and using them to defraud credit card companies.
Raphael A. Sanchez was charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to a court document filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on Monday.
According to the document, Sanchez allegedly stole the identities of seven people who were involved in “various stages of immigration proceedings” and used them to obtain money and property by defrauding several financial institutions, including Capital One, Citibank, JP Morgan, Bank of America and American Express. The alleged crimes took place over a four-year period, between October 2013 and October 2017.
"[Sanchez used] the 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, representations, and promises,” the charging document stated.
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