Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

A charging document was filed Monday in U.S. District Court which, according to court rules, is a type of document that can only be filed when a defendant agrees to waive a right to be indicted by a grand jury - typically a move associated with a plea agreement.

The charging document states that between October 2013 and October 2017 Sanchez used the personal information of seven immigrants to try to defraud several financial institutions, including American Express, Citibank and Bank of America.

The charges further state that on April 18, 2016, Sanchez sent himself an email through his government account containing an image of a US permanent resident card and the biographical page of a Chinese passport issued to R.H., according to The Associated Press.

A source familiar with the case told CNN's Laura Jarrett that Sanchez is no longer with the agency. She confirmed Mr. Sanchez had resigned from his job effective on Monday, but declined to provide further details. The email contained a copy of a Chinese passport, an energy bill and a USA residence card.

Sanchez' attorney, Cassandra Stamm, said she is not commenting until after her client appears in court on Thursday.

The Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, which pursues efforts to combat corruption by public officials, is overseeing the case.

Officials with the Department of Justice also did not respond to the questions.

The charging document, known as an information, alleges that Sanchez stole the name, Social Security number and birth date of a Chinese national identified only as R.H., according to The Associated Press.

It is pertinent to note, how this case brings forth the kind of power abuse used by an ICE attorney.

If anything, these strategies are racist and they prevent people of color from living a normal life for themselves under Trump's regime.

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