Sanchez also lied to the Internal Revenue Service and claimed three of his victims as dependents to obtain deductions.
The Justice Department said Sanchez “betrayed his position of public trust to prey on our nation’s immigrants and line his pockets with the credit of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Sanchez’s defense attorney, Cassandra Stamm, commented on her client, suggesting he’s not really a bad guy:
“Like all men, Raphael Sanchez is far more than this, the worst thing he has ever done.” also adding her client survived “to build a life that could be viewed, at least from the outside looking in, as privileged, stable and significant.”
Stamm also blamed Sanchez’s “brutal upbringing” with an abusive alcoholic father for his crimes as an adult attorney. “The ‘why’ is not avarice or cunning,” Stamm said. “It’s his horrible history.”
Department of Justice (DOJ) trial attorney Jessica Harvey had a different opinion, saying Sanchez’s actions were a “profane and profound violation of the trust of the American public,” exploiting some of the most vulnerable people in society “to line his pockets.”