Imran Awan, a former IT aide who was on the payroll of congressional Democrats even after it was revealed he was under investigation for breaching security, was arrested Monday night at Dulles International Airport on bank fraud charges as he tried to flee the country for his native Pakistan, The Hill reports.
The IT golden boy of the Democrat Party had been under investigation for months for allegedly sharing sensitive information about the Democrats online and was also suspected in a scheme where he would double-charge the House of Representatives for equipment.
His attempt to flee the country came one day after smashed hard drives were seized from his house by authorities.
The Pakistani-born Awan was fired by congressional Democrats nearly a month after the investigation into their actions began, according to Politico. However, Fox News’ Chad Pergram reported that at the time of Awan’s arrest, he was still on the House payroll under Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair of the DNC.
“Mr. Awan previously served as an employee in our office, but his services have been terminated,” David Damron, Wasserman Schultz’s spokesman, said in a statement.
Fox is told that Hse IT staffer Imran Awan is still on Hse payroll for moment under Wasserman Schultz.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 25, 2017
The Daily Caller reported in March that the Awan family had racked up a solid $4 million in billing from congressional Democrats since 2009. They also revealed that court documents showed back in January, Awan had sent $283,000 to his wife in Pakistan.
For that matter, his wife — Hina Alvi, who was also a suspect in the investigation — was allowed to leave the country for Pakistan even after police found $12,000 hidden in her suitcase at the airport.
On Sunday, it was reported that smashed hard drives were taken from Awan’s house by the FBI. His attempted departure came hours after The Daily Caller revealed he was the target of an FBI investigation for his actions — although, if Awan was unaware that he was under some kind of investigation, he’s certainly not the brightest alleged criminal in the Democrat Party.
The fact is that the Awan investigation has been a comedy of errors. They weren’t fired immediately by the Democrats even after it became apparent that they were under investigation. Awan was still being paid by Wasserman Schultz, if reports are correct. His wife was allowed to leave with $12,000 in her suitcase. Was Inspector Clouseau in charge of this investigation?
Now that Awan has been apprehended by authorities and forced to surrender his passport, we can only hope that the investigation — and justice — moves swiftly.
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