Some obvious advice, but one guy didn't get the memo. If you steal the identities of immigrants, you will get caught and you will go to jail. A lost bar license adds to the woes of the former chief counsel of Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE).
Raphael Sanchez, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and identity theft and now faces four years in prison. As the head attorney for the agency's Seattle division, Mr. Sanchez was responsible for giving legal advice to ICE agents and overseeing asylum and deportation cases in several states.
It was in his position at ICE that Mr. Sanchez was able to obtain the personal information of immigrants and use it to his advantage. Court records indicate Mr. Sanchez was able to fraudulently obtain almost $200,000 through his crimes.
As a former Deputy Trial Counsel at the State Bar of California, I have seen many attorneys make bad decisions like this one. It is never worth it, especially after working so hard to graduate from law school and pass the bar exam. If you do find yourself facing a State Bar complaint or investigation, my office handles such matters. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation at 323-522-4440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.