ICE Official Charged with Stealing Immigrants' Identities

Sanchez used his position to steal immigrants

Sanchez used his position to steal immigrants

The top attorney for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle is accused of stealing immigrants' identities in an attempt to defraud several credit card companies.

So much so that the deportation raids and travel bans have increased dramatically, but these antics have nothing to do with the legal or illegal status of Americans, nor does it have much to do with national security, because if that was the case Sanchez wouldn't have been using information of immigrants for financial gains.

Prosecutors alleged that he "devised and meant to devise a scheme" to defraud the several financial institutions, including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One, in an effort to obtain money and property under "false and fraudulent pretenses", the documents said.

The charges against Sanchez were filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

Cassandra Stamm, Sanchez's attorney, told CNN that she will withhold comment until after her client appears in court on Thursday. She confirmed Mr. Sanchez had resigned from his job effective on Monday, but declined to provide further details.

A spokeswoman with ICE's Seattle office referred all questions about the indictment and Sanchez's employment with the agency to the Department of Justice.

BuzzFeed reports that according to the complaint, the case against Sanchez was brought by the DOJ's Public Integrity Section in Washington, DC, a division overseeing corruption cases involving public officials.

The Associated Press notes that the filing of an information suggests that a plea deal is in the works; it's only filed when the defendant has waived the right to a grand jury.

The Post says ICE's Seattle office has actively participated in federal efforts to increase immigration enforcement.

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