Top IT aide to Democrat Members of Congress was arrested by the FBI while attempting to board a flight to Pakistan, after he transferred funds in the sum of $283,000 to that country from the Congressional Federal Credit Union.
Pakistani born IT staffer Imran Awan, has been the subject of investigation for some time, with allegations that he inappropriately accessed confidential congressional data, as well as several accusations of fraud. His wife has already fled to Pakistan, taking over $12,000 in cash.
Awan acted as aide to Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who refused to fire him despite the allegations against the aide. She blocked police from accessing possible evidence of cyber security violations.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Soon after Imran began working for Wasserman Schultz in 2005, four of his relatives appeared on the payroll of other Democrats at inflated salaries, but Democratic staffers said they were rarely seen at work. They collected $4 million in taxpayer salaries since 2009.
TheDCNF reported Sunday night that the FBI had joined the investigation and seized smashed hard drives from Imran’s home. The next day, the FBI apprehended him at Dulles Airport after noticing that he had purchased a ticket to Pakistan, via Qutar.
The affidavit [obtained by the DCNF] says he was charged with bank fraud involving fraudulently taking out mortgages, which was one of several financial schemes TheDCNF has detailed. It appears to be a placeholder for future charges, spurred because of the attempt to leave the country, and does not mention his work for Congress, which is the investigation’s primary focus.