Wasserman-Schultz's Ex-IT Aide Indicted on Four Charges

Bryan Michalek | August 18, 2017
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Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was hit with a four-count indictment on Thursday including conspiracy and making false statements. Awn was indicted along with his wife Hina Alvi following a grand jury decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Colombia. 

The newest charges against the couple include conspiracy to commit bank fraud, producing false statements on a loan or credit application, unlawful monetary transactions and a separate charge for engaging in them. Originally, Awan was charged with bank fraud after being arrested at Washington-Dulles International Airport trying to catch a flight to Pakistan, his family's country of origin.

Investigators began looking into Awan and his family's IT company after they became concerned that the company had been double-billing the government for their services. There were also reports of alleged equipment theft and the mishandling sensitive congressional communications.

Awan and his company were banned from working on House congressional networks in February, but Awan remained on Wasserman-Schultz's payroll until he was indicted in July. In addition to Awan's wife, several members of his family, who were also House IT staffers, have been implicated in the investigation. 

Awan pleaded not guilty following his arrest, maintaining that he was only indicted "for working while Muslim." Currently, Alvi is out of the country with their three children after fleeing in March with "numerous pieces of luggage" and up to $12,000 in cash.

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