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Immigrant identity thief and ICE lawyer gets four years

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A former high-ranking lawyer at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is going to jail for four years after stealing the identities of US immigrants.

Until he was charged in February, Raphael A. Sanchez was the Chief Counsel at ICE’s Office of the Principal Legal Advisor. He used his position as a government lawyer deporting immigrants in Alaska, Oregon and Washington in what courts described as “an intricate web of deception” to steal their records and use them for personal gain.

According to a Department of Justice press release issued in late June, 44-year-old Sanchez admitted to targeting people who were in the middle of being deported by ICE. He would misuse their personal information to take out credit cards, personal loans and other lines of credit in their names.

Sanchez had access to their records via ICE databases, and their official Alien Files, also known as ‘A-Files’. These are immigration documents with an individual Alien Registration Number that is used to...(continued)

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