A Top ICE Attorney Has Been Charged With Stealing Immigrants' Identities

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A Top ICE Attorney Has Been Charged With Stealing Immigrants' Identities

The chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle has been charged with stealing the identities of multiple immigrants over a four-year span, according to charging documents obtained by ABC News on Wednesday.

Sanchez faces one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Sanchez, who resigned on Monday, allegedly stole the identities of seven people "in various stages of immigration proceedings" in order to defraud American Express, Bank of America, Capital One and other credit card companies, according to prosecutors with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. He also allegedly used his official ICE email address to forward personal information of one of the victims, including an energy bill, a USA residence card, and copy of a Chinese passport.

Officials from the Justice Department and ICE declined to provide further details about Mr. Sanchez's responsibilities and the amount of time he had been on the job.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers detain a suspect as they conduct a targeted enforcement operation in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on February 7, 2017. CNN reached out to the ICE Western region office for comment and was told to refer questions to the Department of Justice.

Rather than filing an indictment, Sanchez's charges were announced in an information. The victim was identified only as R.H. A 2015 press statement on the ICE website shows that he had been involved in enforcing matters related to employment, including one case in which an orchard was using undocumented workers.

The AP reported that Sanchez is scheduled to appear in federal court on Thursday to enter a plea.

ICE is in the national spotlight for its treatment of immigrants under the Trump administration.

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