Fox Exclusive: Feds Arrest House IT staffer trying to leave country, charge him with bank fraud
Reporting by Chad Pergram-Capitol Hill
Fox has learned that USCP, the FBI and Customs and Border agents last night arrested House IT staffer Imran Awan and charged him with multiple counts of bank fraud.
Awan has been at the center of a House computer equipment computer scandal probed by USCP and the feds. At issue is how Awan may have double-billed the House for various computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards, routers, et al.
Several relatives of Awan worked for House Democrats and were fired. Awan was kept on staff by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) even though he was not allowed access to the House server network. Authorities have also looked into the IT workers putting sensitive House information into the “cloud” and exposing it to outside sources.
Fox is told that the feds arrested Awan at Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia as he was “trying to leave the country.” He has been arraigned and charged. Awan was forced to surrender his passport but is being monitored by the court.
Fox is told that Awan is still on the House payroll for the moment under Wasserman Schultz.
Fox reported first last week that arrests were coming in the case.
Awan and his relatives worked for House Democrats for more than a decade, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars. But Awan declared bankruptcy in 2012.
Awan is of Pakistani descent. Democratic sources have told Fox they believe the probe is a railroad against the family due to their ethnicity.
The investigation continues.