Imran Awan has been a staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other top congressional Democrats since 2004. He has been arraigned for bank fraud after trying to flee the country.
He has hired a Hillary Clinton associate to defend him and is out on bail. The lawyer blames Islamophobia for his client’s woes.
UPI reports more than 24 different Democratic House offices used Awan’s services. Awan was still employed by Wasserman Schultz’s office until he was arrested Tuesday night. Wasserman Schultz has “inexplicably protected” Awan for months.
He didn’t have access to secret information allegedly but he had Wasserman-Schultz’s password.
According to Politico, Awan earned nearly $2 million since 2004 as an IT support staffer for House Democrats. Alvi began working for House Democrats in 2007 and earned more than $1.3 million since then. Their salaries were split among multiple lawmakers’ offices. None of the staffers under investigation had access to classified information, Politico reported.
However, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported in March that the staffers could read every email sent and received by the congressmen. A House technology worker told Daily Caller they had access to “correspondence, emails, confidential files” and there was no tracking allowed.
Imran also had Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s password. A Wikileaks leaked email from Wasserman Schultz’s DNC assistant, Amy Kroll, in May 2016 noted, “I do not have access to her iPad password, but Imran does.”
Daily Caller also reported that information was sent from the congressional computers to an outside server.
Despite a six figure salary, Awan declared bankruptcy in 2012 with more than $1.1 million in debt, Fox News reported.
Despite declaring bankruptcy in 2012, Awan wired $283,000 ahead to two people in Faisalabad, Pakistan, before making his break.
The affidavit alleges that Awan “knowingly” engaged in a scheme to “defraud the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union to obtain money owned by … CFCU.” The affidavit above was submitted only to establish probable cause. He allegedly used two misrepresentations to obtain a home equity line of credit.
Awan brought his brothers and wife with him into the congressional IT business. The family business, however, wasn’t working out well. The brothers’ stepmother is reportedly suing Awan for wiretapping and threats to have her family arrested in Pakistan. Awan’s own father, who is suspected of being caught up in his son’s fraudulent financial dealings, appears to have changed his name to avoid being associated with him.
Awan threatened a veteran family to get back the smashed hard drives and other computer equipment now at the center of the investigation:
Awan and his family rented their Lorton, Virginia, home to a married couple. The Marine veteran husband told the Daily Caller he found “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner” in the garage.
“They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry,” he continued. “It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”
Imran Awan and his family then reportedly began trying to terrorize the Marine veteran and his Navy officer wife into returning the equipment, calling them repeatedly, arriving at the home three or four times, and threatening to sue if the equipment was not returned. Instead, the family turned the material over to the FBI.
Hillary’s good friend is blaming Islamophobes.
Awan’s defense attorney, Chris Gowen, a Clinton associate, told Politico, “This is clearly a right-wing media-driven prosecution by a United States Attorney’s Office that wants to prosecute people for working while Muslim.”
When the Capitol Hill police didn’t return her computers, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz threatened the police chief. go to about 03:45: