Working as IT administrators for a myriad of Congressional Democrats, a Pakistani family who fled the country after being suspected of committing fraud and having terrorist connections also had a host of other bizarre and questionable business schemes percolating.
Imran Awan and four other family members, his wife Hina Alvi and brothers, are the focus of an investigation by Capitol Police.
The family is accused of “stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.” Many of the Democrats who employed the Awans are members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Between 2009 and 2017, Imran, his wife Hina and brother Abid and Jamal netted more than $4 million in salary as the IT Administrators for House Democrats. Their access to the IT system was revoked by Capitol Police in February after a major data breach was detected.
The family has since fled to their native Pakistan, ostensibly to escape the authorities.
The Daily Caller‘s non-profit arm has been on top of the investigation, revealing that the family was engaged in questionable real estate transactions (in misrepresenting real estate deals and as landlords for homes in the area and demanding cash and “unsigned money orders” as payments) and in the ownership of a car dealership in Falls Church, Virginia.
In sworn testimony, a business partner said the dealership was a scam.
Abid’s dealership received $100,000 from Ali Al-Attar, an Iraqi politician who practiced medicine in the Washington, D.C. region and is a fugitive from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The dealership racked up debts to people who subsequently accused Abid of fraud, according to court documents. Abid filed bankruptcy to discharge the debts, while his family members remained untouched. Khattek testified the dealership was run as a “family business,” with Imran, not Abid, in control.
In financial disclosure statements submitted to Congress, Imran Awan stated that his spouse had no income, even though she earned the nearly $200,000-per-year salary that he did. They also listed no rental income – another falsehood.
In January, as their father lay dying, the brothers tried to commandeer assets stored in his name, according to their stepmother, Samina Gilani. They installed listening devices in her house, plugged in a device behind her computer, and forbade her from leaving the house, she said in court documents and interviews. The brothers’ aim was to obtain a power of attorney giving them control of their father’s assets in Pakistan, their stepmother told TheDCNF.
“Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful, and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Gilani said in court documents.
Days before their father died, the brothers badgered him to sign over assets as insignificant as a $5,000 car — assets they didn’t need, according to a relative. The relative speculated the goal was to make their father desperate enough to sign the Pakistani power of attorney, which would give them access to potentially sizable offshore bank accounts.
They also had their dying father sign a form making Abid administrator of his life insurance policy, though nothing about the change altered Gilani’s position as beneficiary.
However, Jamal falsely attested on the death certificate that his father was divorced, and Abid made himself beneficiary, leading to a lawsuit alleging life insurance fraud. Outside of the Fairfax County court during the case, Abid would say only that “people could harm me,” declining to explain what he meant.
The investigation continues by the Capitol Police but with the family thousands of miles away, it has yet to be seen whether justice will truly be served.
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