On Thursday, a notable Democrat was indicted in a four-count indictment by the FBI for bank fraud and making false statements.
Before then, he was the go-to guy for many House Democrats and is believed to have had unrestricted access to confidential information in their networks. It’s Imran Awan, former IT aide for the DNC and Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz, according to Fox News.
A month ago, Awan was arrested at an airport in Virginia trying to flee the country to Pakistan, where his family is from and to where his wife fled a few months before. He was under investigation for various financial schemes and under scrutiny by the Capitol Police for his access to sensitive computer systems in the Democrat National Committee and may have seen confidential information.
Awan had been working with the DNC as an IT guy since 2009 making over $9 million in nearly seven years. He was fired by his House clients and barred from the DNC networks when it was revealed he was suspected of “data transfer violations,” according to The Daily Caller.
Surprisingly, his employment was retained by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who said she was worried the investigations were due to “racial and ethnic profiling concerns” rather than any criminal behavior. She would later fire him.
She initially claimed that attention on the investigation into Awan was “right-wing media circus fringe” to distract Americans from the Trump-Russia collusion investigations. “Any opportunity they can to pull people’s eyes and ears away from that they take,” she said.
Yet her Republican counterpart, Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), says the allegations and findings are serious: “We have to investigate how our systems may have been compromised.”
The indictments relate to Awan’s financial schemes outside of his work with the DNC. It was determined that he and his wife were attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union to obtain home equity lines of credit. They provided false information on properties they owned to obtain the credit and then wire-transferred the money to Pakistan.
The FBI indictment states: “defendants Awan and Alvi [Awan’s wife] did unlawfully, willfully, and knowingly conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States.”
One crime detailed in the indictment was a fraud committed against the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union where Awan pretended to be his wife to wire money to Pakistan for “funeral arrangements.” When the employee questioned the large transfer, Awan changed his narrative to say it was to “purchase property.”
Awan is also embroiled in a civil case with his stepmother, who claims Awan used his IT and government connections to wire tap her and threaten to kidnap her if she didn’t transfer a $50,000 life insurance policy to his name.
The sheer amount of criminal behavior and questionable activities conducted by this individual make it astounding that Wasserman Schultz would retain him as long as she did after the DNC barred him from the networks.
It also raises the concern of what this man may have done if he did indeed have access to sensitive data that would’ve proved extremely valuable to foreign parties abroad. The “hack” of their networks, as Democrats claim, may have been an inside job.