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Archive for June 29th, 2018

Ex-Chief Counsel for ICE Sentenced to 4 Years For Identity Theft Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Chief Counsel Raphael A. Sanchez of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) was sentenced this week to four years in prison for an  identity theft scheme involving the identities of numerous aliens, the Justice Department said.

Sanchez, 44, of Seattle, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.  Aside from the sentence, U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik of the Western District of Washington also ordered Sanchez to pay $190,345.63 in restitution.

Sanchez, who was responsible for immigration removal proceedings in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, admitted he devised a scheme to defraud aliens in various stages of immigration removal proceedings with ICE.

Sanchez used the personally identifiable information of those aliens to open lines of credit and personal loans in their names, manipulate their credit bureau files, transfer funds to himself and t purchase goods for himself using credit cards issued in their names.

“Raphael Sanchez was entrusted with overseeing the honest enforcement of our country’s immigration laws,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan in a statement.  “Instead, Sanchez abused that trust, and capitalized on his position at ICE to exploit his victims and line his own pockets.”

 

FBI Removes Fugitive, Who Would Be 81, From Top Ten List

William Bradford Bishop Jr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Saying it no longer believed publicity would aid in his capture, the FBI this week removed  long-sought fugitive William Bradford Bishop Jr. from its Ten Most Wanted List, Del Quentin Wilber of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Bishop  is only the 10th person removed from the list since since 1950 without prosecutors dropping charges or the fugitive being captured or dying.

But the FBI said it would continue to look for Bishop, the Journal reports.

On Wednesday, he was replaced by Antwan Tamon Mims, a gang member charged in the March killings of two men at a house party in Benton Harbor, in southwest Michigan.

Mr. Bishop was charged with using a hammer to bludgeon his family and children, boys aged 5 through 14, then driving their bodies from Bethesda, Md., to North Carolina. He buried his relatives in a shallow grave and set them on fire, Wilber writes.

 

Retired FBI Agent Brian Crews Dies; Linked to Exposure to World Trade Center

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent Brian L. Crews died earlier this month as a result of his work in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Crews served in the FBI for 27 years and began as a file clerk. In 1994, he became a special agent.

He was a special agent in the Sacramento Division, and it was his work with the Sacramento Evidence Response Team that led him to serve a tour at the World Trade Center Fresh Kills site in 2001, where he was exposed to contaminants while processing evidence, an FBI press release says.

He transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2003 and served there and at headquarters’ Criminal Investigative Division as a supervisor and instructor.

He retired in 2015.