Breaking: Pakistani IT guru connected to DNC arrested at airport trying to flee USA

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Imran Awan is a Pakistani-born IT guru who was a longtime aide to former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  A Fox News employee is reporting that Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC on Monday night.  Apparently, he was trying to flee the country.

Chad Pergram of Fox News reported that federal agents and the U.S. Capitol Police placed Awan in custody and charged him with multiple counts of bank fraud.

The arrest is in connection with a federal investigation of an information technology procurement scandal involving the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to numerous reports, Awan has been the lead suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation into security breaches within the House of Representatives.   The investigation was started on Feb. 2 of this year.

Reportedly, Awan doubled charged the U.S. House of Rep. for IT equipment and may have exposed sensitive House members’ information online.

Remarkably, Wasserman Schultz kept Awan on her payroll despite the IT pro being banned from accessing government servers from Capital security .

Hired in 2005, Awan was reportedly in possession of an iPad used by then-DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz (D – FL) around the time that DNC emails were leaked to WikiLeaks.

Awan, three members of his family, and friend Rao Abbas were IT contractors. They are all accused of stealing equipment from Democratic members’ offices without their knowledge and committing potentially illegal violations on the House IT network.  The violations include leaking sensitive information stored within the servers and personal devices of House members.

Awan, his family, as well as his friends were alleged to have owed money to the Iranian terrorist group Hezbollah.

The Awans worked in 32 House member offices.  All of the offices are those of Democrats, including Wasserman Schultz, members of the Homeland Security Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Intelligence Committee.

House authorities first grew uncomfortable with Awan and his family while searching for a server that was siphoning congressional data to an off-site source.  This led Capitol Police to ban Awan from House servers during the investigation.  However, in a bizarre move, Rep. Schultz continued to pay him as an advisor and permitted him to work from an off-site location.

Ironically, Schultz resigned from her top spot at the DNC in July 2016 after the DNC’s IT systems were hacked.  Shortly after she left, Awan left his rental home in Virginia.

The man who moved into the home after Awan reported that “wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy [sic], laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner” were left behind after Awan’s departure.  The man who reported this was a U.S. Marine, retired.

The U.S. Marine alleges that Awan attempted to recover the equipment shortly after he left the home, but came away with nothing.

Over this past weekend, the FBI is said to have seized hard drives from Awan’s home.

The Daily Caller reported:

An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.

Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.

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