Former U.S. Gov’t Immigration Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Stealing the Identities of Aliens

By Globe Afrique Media |

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Principal Legal Advisor pleaded guilty for a wire fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous aliens, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan.

Sanchez, 44, of Seattle, Washington, will be sentenced on May 11, before U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lansik of the Western District of Washington.

“It is the duty of our federal immigration authorities to ensure the honest enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “Raphael Sanchez betrayed that solemn responsibility and abused his official position to prey upon aliens for his own personal gain.  We should not let one bad actor detract from the dedicated work done by all ICE agents and attorneys to keep our neighborhoods safe, and ICE should be commended for quickly and fully investigating this matter and referring it to the Justice Department for prosecution.”

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