Wasserman Schultz’ Ex-IT Aide Has Been Indicted on 4 Counts
Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz has an Ex-IT aide who has officially been indicted on four counts of committing federal crimes.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a lot of explaining to do surrounding the criminal activities of her former employee Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi. Both Awan and Alvi attempted to flee the country with large sums of money upon hearing about the FBI’s investigations into their dealings. Although Alvi managed to make it back home to Pakistan, Awan wasn’t as lucky after being arrested at the Dulles airport in Virginia.
Now Awan has been indicted on 4 counts of fraud and false statements regarding properties he owned in order to make money illegally and then send back home to Pakistan.
The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.
Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.
The indictment itself, which merely represents formal charges and is not a finding of guilt, addresses separate allegations that Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties – and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan.
Awan and other family members for years had a lucrative arrangement for IT-related work on Capitol Hill for House Democrats. According to The Daily Caller, the members of the Pakistani family made at least $4 million since 2009.