Seattle ICE lawyer charged with stealing immigrants' identities

He allegedly stole the identities of seven immigrants over a four-year span.

Raphael A. Sanchez is accused of devising a scheme to defraud major banks by using the identities of seven people who were “in various stages of immigration proceedings" with ICE between 2013 and 2017, according to the documents, which were filed in federal court on Monday.

His lawyer, Cassandra Stamm, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment early Wednesday. She did, however, tell CNN that she planned to withhold comment on the matter until after Sanchez appeared in court.

Sanchez is scheduled to make his first court appearance in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday.

This case is under an investigation conducted by ICE's internal affairs office, according to the immigration agency. ICE could not comment further and referred additional questions to the Department of Justice, as the matter is now pending judicial proceedings.