Wasserman Schultz Aide Released Under 'High-Intensity Supervision'

by Garry Watts July 27, 2017, 0:41
Wasserman Schultz Aide Released Under 'High-Intensity Supervision'

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, who was a longtime IT aide to former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was reportedly arrested at Washington, D.C.'s Dulles International Airport Monday night while trying to flee the country.

The difference between Wasserman Schultz and other House Democrats who employed Awan for his Internet services is. they fired him in March, she kept him on until Tuesday, July 25 - that's yesterday - even though Awan had been barred from accessing the House's computer system since February.

Wasserman Schultz spokesman David Damron says Irman Awan was sacked Tuesday.

Imran has been under a criminal investigation for equipment and data theft for several months.

FOX News has learned Imran Awan was at the center of a House computer equipment scandal probed by Capitol Police and federal authorities.

Despite the allegations against Awan and despite his congressional IT privileges being revoked, Wasserman Schultz continued to employ him. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various members, according to a Politico report. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for August 21.

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After the criminal probe was revealed, Awan moved out of the house involved in the fraud charges. He wired the money to Pakistan to unknown associates.

A former employee of Democratic Florida Rep. "They left in a huge hurry", the tenant said.

Hina Alvi, Awan's wife, left the U.S.in March for Pakistan with their children, and according to Politico, a court document said federal agents do not believe Awan meant to return to the USA if he had been allowed to leave. Alvi had "numerous pieces of luggage" and more than $12,000 in cash, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Brandon Merriman wrote in the affidavit. Debbie Wasserman Schultzs information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source. "No charges, evidence or findings from the investigation have been formally shared with our office, so we can not comment on them".

A spokesperson for Wasserman Schultz said that Awan had been fired on Tuesday.

Wasserman Schultz has demanded return of a laptop seized by the Capitol Police because it was purportedly used by Imran and was found hidden in a vacant office.


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