The former staffer had been under investigation for months…
Imran Awan, a former staffer for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia late Monday.
According to Fox News, Awan was attempting to flee the country when he was picked up and charged with bank fraud.
Feds/USCP picked up Imran Awan at Dulles Aiport last night as he was "trying to leave the country." Has been arraigned. Surrendered passport
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 25, 2017
Politico reported in February that despite Awan being under criminal investigation, he was still employed by Wasserman Schultz, the disgraced former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Awan, who worked for “more than two dozen Democrats since 2004,” was working for Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in May when he was fired amid the criminal investigation being conducted by U.S. Capitol Police.
The five current and former House staffers are accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the probe.
As recently as May, Democrats were defending Awan. “As of right now, I don’t see a smoking gun,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said. “I have seen no evidence that they were doing anything that was nefarious.”
That all changed on Tuesday when Awan was arrested.
The Daily Caller reported on Monday that the FBI had seized “smashed hard drives” from Awan’s home. That report confirmed that the FBI had joined the Capitol Police investigation into Awan and other staffers, who are relatives of Awan.
Awan’s younger brothers, Abid and Jamal, his wife, Hina Alvi, and Rao Abbas, Imran’s best friend, are also under investigation.
According to the Caller’s report, Capitol Police also seized equipment tied to Wasserman Schultz.
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