A former House Democrat tech staffer who fled to her home country of Pakistan while under investigation has agreed to return to the US in order to appear at an arraignment, according to court documents.
Hina Alvi, the wife of now-infamous House Democrat tech staffer Imran Awan, fled to Pakistan with her children earlier this year. Her husband was arrested at Dulles International Airport for bank fraud after the couple tried to take out a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union in a house they had rented.
Awan had been tied to an information-sharing scandal by several Pakistani IT staffer for House Democrats, which eventually led to the resignation of former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
A document filed in the US District Court for the District of Colombia indicates that federal officials have struck a deal with Alvi for her to return to the US on the grounds she turns herself over immediately and that she surrenders her passport and rights to any future international travel.
Alvi’s only condition was that she not be arrested in front of her children. She will be returning “during the last week of September 2017.”
The FBI and Capitol Police have been investing the Awans and Alvi for potential theft of data and the possibility that Alvi brought it back to Pakistan. FBI officials raided the couple’s rented Virginia home last month to discover smashed, stolen hard drives.
On top of the computer-related concerns, Awan and Alvi face the immediate threat of bank fraud charges for the failed loan.
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