ICE lawyer resigns after being charged with stealing immigrants' identities

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He is also accused of using his official ICE email address to forward one person's personal information, including a USA residence card, a copy of a Chinese passport, and an energy bill.

Sanchez resigned effective February 12, the day the information-a federal charging document-was filed in the Western District of Washington.

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.

According to prosecutors with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section Sanchez stole identities of seven people "in various stages of immigration proceedings" to defraud credit card companies including American Express, Bank of America and Capital One.

The document, known as an information, offers few details about Sanchez's alleged offenses.

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The chief counsel, resigned shortly after the allegations, after an indictment was filed against him.

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A defense attorney for Sanchez did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. 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.

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

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

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