ICE Lawyer Accused of Stealing Immigrants’ Identities
Who watches the watchmen? Raphael Sanchez was chief counsel for Seattle’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency — until he resigned Monday amid allegations that he’d used the identities of seven people undergoing “immigration proceedings” to open fraudulent credit cards with Bank of America, Capital One and other institutions. The scheme, which reportedly ran for four years, was discovered in late 2017. The Pacific Northwest saw a 25 percent jump in immigrant detentions last year. Sanchez is expected in court Thursday on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.