Former Wasserman Schultz Aide Indicted On 4 Counts

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Imran Awan was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements. Awan is a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The indictment also includes his wife Hina Alvi.

The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes about one month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan.

Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been under investigation for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. While multiple lawmakers fired Awan in February, Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.

The indictment itself acknowledges 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 their earnings to individuals in Pakistan.

The case has added even scrutiny to the already questionable Wasserman Schultz for keeping Awan on the payroll for months, even after a criminal investigation was revealed and he was barred from the House IT network.  

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.

In a recent interview published in the Sun Sentinel, Wasserman Schultz blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for the attention on Awan.

The former head of the Democratic National Committee claimed it’s all part of an effort to distract people from the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and possible ties to President Trump’s team.

“Any opportunity they can to pull people’s eyes and ears away from that they take,” Wasserman Schultz told the newspaper.

Her colleagues in Congress, though, say there are serious security implications in her former staffer’s case.

“We have to investigate how our systems may have been compromised,” Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., recently told “Fox & Friends.”

Though Awan was barred from the IT network, Wasserman Schultz’ spokesman David Damron said their office worked with the House Chief Administrative Officer to arrange for the employee to keep providing “valuable services without access to the House network.”

Awan, 37, of Virginia, earlier pleaded not guilty to a single count of bank fraud.

Attorney Christopher Gowen told Fox News  that federal authorities have no evidence of misconduct by Awan relating to his IT duties.

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