Bellevue attorney charged with witness tampering in connection with ID-theft ring

The attorney was arrested at the King County Courthouse Wednesday in connection with a Seattle-area identity-theft ring that police said stole millions.

King County prosecutors filed a witness-tampering charge Thursday against a Bellevue attorney in connection with an investigation of a Seattle-area identity-theft ring that allegedly committed millions of dollars in fraud.

The attorney, Alexander Ying-Chi Chan, 33, who was arrested by Seattle police Wednesday, has been a licensed attorney in Washington since 2009.

Chan represented defendants tied to the theft ring that police say consisted of a female leader, her boyfriend, her mother and a fourth person.

“During the initial 2016 investigation into the fraud ring, police served a warrant on two vehicles registered to the attorney and found evidence related to narcotics and identity theft,” police said in a statement Wednesday.

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Under the witness-tampering charge, Chan is accused of obtaining a written declaration from a man allegedly tied to the ring stating he wouldn’t testify against the alleged leader, according to charging documents.

The declaration was used in a motion to dismiss the case brought against the alleged ring leader, Anh Thu Nguyen, the documents say.

The man, who was facing a charge of identity theft and had implicated Nguyen, was being represented by a different attorney, who was “surprised when he learned about this declaration and indicated he had not authorized any other lawyers to speak with his client about the charges,” according to the documents.

Police arrested Chan at the King County Courthouse. He was there for an unrelated case.

Chan, who was booked into the King County Jail, was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Arraignment is scheduled for June 8.

Last year, local and federal police searched a Skyway home, where they found several fake Washington state identification cards…

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