The deeper you dig, the more this question begs to be asked. Was Former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz having an affair with her IT staffer? Or, are Democrats about to be caught in the largest political scandal in US history?
The media has, for the most part, dismissed the shocking scandal that’s engulfing Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office as bank fraud committed by one of her staff members. But it’s quickly growing into a story that could be about foreign attempts to undermine American national security.
Wasserman Schultz’s IT guy, Imran Awan, was caught trying to flee the United States for Pakistan. His wife, Tina Alvi, had already fled to Pakistan with their three daughters. The spouses had also wired $283,000 in cash to Pakistan, including a fraudulent $165,000 loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union.
But bank fraud, while salacious, isn’t the real story: it’s become clear Awan was attempting to undermine national security. For years, Awan had access for years to the emails and electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees, which Wasserman Schultz’s serves on. He also had likely had access to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s iPad, though it’s not clear why, American Action News reports.
The more you learn about Democratic IT scammer Imran Awan — the more you see the profile of a bold and careless criminal mind, The Gateway Pundit reports.
Imran Awan worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz for thirteen years since she came into office in 2004 as a Florida representative. She only fired him this past week and would have kept paying her “IT expert” even when he was living in Pakistan.
Three Pakistani brothers who managed the IT affairs for several Democratic government officials were relieved of their duties in February on suspicion that they accessed specific computer networks without permission, also known as hacking.
Imran Awan, who started working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, received $164,600 in 2016, with close to $20,000 of that coming from Wasserman Schultz.
His brother Jamal, who started working as a staffer in 2014, was paid $157,350.12 in 2016. Abid, who started working in 2005, was paid $160,943 in 2016.
Imran’s wife, Hina Alvi, who was employed as a staffer since February 2007, was paid 168,300 in 2016. Rao Abbas was paid $85,049 in 2016.
Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives in February.advertisement - story continues below
Most of the House Members fired the Awans subsequently.
Only Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on the pay roll up to the day he got arrest for Bank Fraud after trying to flee the country.
The rest of the family fled since months to Pakistan along with hundreds of thousands of tax-payer money they mysteriously were able to wire.
Democrats were willing or unwillingly compromised by the Awans and Sensitive Information leaked to foreign Enemies! (Muslim Brotherhood – Yemen Raid with dead soldier for example?) Many of them have Seats on Committees that handle highly sensitive information.
Imran Awan is now released with an GPS ankle monitor until his preliminary hearing on Aug. 21.
More information is coming out on Imran Awan and his criminal activities.advertisement - story continues below
Awan pretended to be his wife when requesting a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union and got it! He had the credit union wire $165,000 to PAKISTAN – no questions asked.
Andrew McCarthy at National Review reports:
Bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.
By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan.
Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000.
A few of these arrangements appear to have been sinecures: While some Awans were rarely seen around the office, we now know they were engaged in extensive financial shenanigans away from the Capitol.
Awan also threatened and tried to extort cash from his stepmother after his father’s death.
The Daily Caller reported:
Their own stepmother, a devout Muslim, called police in Virginia and said they used high-tech devices to wiretap her home and tried to extort her into signing papers that would give them access to cash stored in Pakistan in their deceased father’s name.
The stepmother, Samina Gilani, said in court documents that Imran said he was “very powerful” and would have her loved ones kidnapped in Pakistan.
Court records show that their father changed his last name, and two relatives said that was because he detested illegal behavior by his sons.
In public lawsuits in Fairfax County, Va., the brothers have been accused of life insurance fraud as well as fraud involving a car dealership.
This is a description of a complete slime-ball. Who kicks his stepmother out of her home when she has just lost her husband?
The more you read about Imran Awan the more you see the picture of a complete soulless criminal.
What’s happening with Awan and his family now?
Awan’s wife and children remain in Pakistan — out of both reach and observation of U.S. law enforcement. While one may speculate that she is able and willing to share her knowledge of the U.S. House of Representatives IT infrastructure with Pakistani or another nation’s intelligence officers, there is no evidence to suggest that is the case.
Awan is in the U.S. with an ankle bracelet tracking his whereabouts. He has turned in his U.S. passport and is awaiting trial.
According to the Washington Post, the procurement criminal investigation into Awan et al revealed that the IT workers had apparently manipulated the procurement system on 34 purchases, totaling $38,000. In addition, investigators found that the Democratic Caucus server, to which only Alvi was authorized access, had been accessed more than 5,700 times over a seven-month period, of which Alvi was signed in fewer than 300 times — indicative of the individuals operating as a team, as opposed to discrete individual IT support personnel.