An investigation is underway to unearth the truth behind the family of Pakistani immigrants who worked as I.T employees who stole data from congressional offices computer systems. The perpetrators allegedly misused their positions to access congressional electronic records. Emerging reports indicate that some Democrats paid them over $4 million since July of 2009.
The Democrats involved served on foreign affairs, intelligence, and homeland security committees. Actually, they almost never got to see the IT professionals. It is believed that those involved had access to computer files of the office on certain member sites. Authorities speculate that an off-site server might have been used and congressional data loaded onto with knowledge or permission of the authorities.
The Freedom Daily reports:
The suspects are brothers Imran, Abid, and Jamal, as well as their two wives Hina Alvi and Natalia Sova. Their charges could potentially be criminal theft. Despite the fact that the average salary of legislative assistants on the Hill is $43,000, Imran Awan made over $1.2 million from the government since 2010. His brother Abid and sister in law made about $1 million.
One anonymous staffer said the following about Imran,
“In Imran’s wife’s offices, she didn’t show up or rarely showed up and Imran would handle it. Once in a while he would take her around to the offices but after a while he stopped even putting up the illusion and did all that stuff himself. Jamal was always there, but Imran would only work odd hours.”
In early 2009, Abid was managing a car dealership during the day, meaning they might not have been really working for the House. Some legislators who churned thousands of dollars to the family include Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Andre Carson, Katherine Clark, Robin Kelly and numerous others