Members of a Pakistani family are alleged to have abused their positions as computer administrators for the Democrat party. Five members of the family, including three brothers and two of their wives, are being criminally investigated. The suspects were employed by up to 80 congressional members at a time, with full access to emails and office files, despite rarely seeing their employers. The Daily Caller reports:
Evidence suggests some of the dozens of House Democrats — many of whom serve on the intelligence, homeland security and foreign affairs committees — who employed the suspects were inexplicably paying people they rarely or never saw.
The brothers, Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan spent significant amounts of time in Pakistan. Several members of the family seldom appeared in their offices, and Abid is known to have spent some of the period managing a car dealership in Northern Virginia. A loan of $100,000 was made to the business from Dr. Ali Al-Attar, a former Iraqi politician with alleged links to Hezbollah, and who left the U.S. to escape tax charges.
While the average salary for congressional assistants is around $43,000 per year, the Daily Caller reports that:
Imran Awan has collected $1.2 million in salary since 2010, and his brother Abid and wife Hina Alvi were each paid more than $1 million.
After meeting with investigators, several House Democrats have dismissed the suspects.