Our contempt for payday loan guardian and 2016 primary scales-tipping Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues.
The latest disgrace from the hyperpartisan, seven-term Miami Beach maniac began in February. Long story
Schultz schortz schort short, Wasserman Schultz continued to employ a House IT staffer for months after his family’s national security-jeopardizing, taxpayer-funded criminal activity was discovered:
Five House employees are under criminal investigation amid allegations that they stole equipment from more than 20 member offices and accessed House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.
The investigation has apparently been in progress since late last year.
Four men and a woman (then unnamed) had their access to the House network terminated in February, but the accused staffers’ individual jobs remained at the discretion of the multiple Congress representatives (reportedly all Democrats) who employed them.
Guess which representative kept the ringleader on payroll up to the minute he was caught fleeing the country by the FBI?
Imran Awan (below, with former president Bill Clinton) was intercepted at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on July 24 as he attempted to travel to Pakistan via Qatar. He surrendered his passport to FBI agents on “multiple charges of bank fraud” and was terminated by Wasserman Schultz the next day.
According to CNN,
The complaint and affidavit against Awan accused him and his wife, Hina Alvi, of attempting to commit bank fraud by misrepresenting themselves on a loan for a rental property they had and then wiring the proceeds to two unnamed persons in Pakistan.
According to the complaint filed in federal court in support of his arrest, Awan wired $283,000 in January from the Congressional Federal Credit Union to Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Awan and his family have reportedly worked for House Democrats for years. He declared bankruptcy in 2012, but has made millions of dollars on the House payroll over at least a decade of work for various members, according to a Politico report.
Awan reportedly used his Democratic connections to cultivate lucrative Congressional IT “staffer” jobs for himself, his brothers Abid (below, sweatpants) and Jamal, Abid’s wife Natalia Sova (below, red shirt), and Awan’s friend Rao Abbas.
As background, all five of the individuals under investigation are Muslims with strong family ties to Pakistan. Wasserman Schultz is under heavy fire for inappropriately continuing Awan’s employment through July to avoid the optics of destroying diversity on the Capitol workforce.
[Wasserman Schultz was hardly alone in dismissing the staffers’ presumption of guilt on such serious charges. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as well as Rep. Meeks told Politico on March 1 the accused deserved due process, while confirming that Imran Awan and Hina Alvi, respectively, were no longer working for their offices. Meeks noted of the family’s Pakistani Muslim origins: “I wanted to be sure individuals are not being singled out because of their nationalities or their religion.”]
Politico revealed in March that Imran Awan, Alvi, Abbas, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan 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.
It is unclear where Natalia Sova fits into all this.
The gravy train opened up when Imran Awan got onto Wasserman Schultz’ payroll in 2005.
According to InsideGov, Abid Awan earned an estimated salary of $164,980 USD as a Shared Employee through the most recent House pay period. This was 2.4 times greater than the median for a House staff.
Rao Abbas “administered email accounts and computers” of eight members of Congress and brought home $93,151 annually, according to 2016 records from InsideGov. According to Daily Caller, he scored the IT job after being fired from McDonald’s.
Hina Alvi, 33, was also milking a “support staffer” position in the Capitol. She was terminated from Rep. Gregory Meeks‘ (D-NY) office on February 28 after banking either $126,225 (New York Post) or $168,300 (InsideGov) in 2016.
The Gateway Pundit reports the photos below show Imran Awan and Hina Alvi (since Alvi apparently has no self-aggrandizing shot with President Clinton, her online images are difficult to locate):
On March 5, investigators apparently bumped into Alvi, her three daughters, boxes of household goods, and over $12,000 in cash at Dulles boarding a flight to–get this–Pakistan via Qatar. They let her go. Andrew McCarthy at National Review insists moving more than $10,000 undeclared should have merited a felony charge on its own.
According to Daily Caller in May,
[A]s House authorities closed in on Imran Awan and his brothers, a laptop used by Imran was hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building. […] The laptop was later found by Capitol Police and seized because it was relevant to the criminal investigation, the source said.
Suddenly concerned with national security, or something, Wasserman Schultz demanded that Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa return equipment belonging to her office that was seized as part of the investigation — or face “consequences”, according to New York Post.
Imran Awan’s bank fraud activities may intersect with his “stealing computers and government secrets” activities. Andre Taggart (below), a Marine veteran who rented Awan’s pad in Lorton, VA (it was suddenly posted for lease after the criminal probe emerged in February) found some hardcore gear that may have been procured from the U.S. House in the garage.
“[W]ireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy, laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner. […] [were] in the garage. They recycled cabinets and lined them along the walls. They left in a huge hurry[.] It looks like government-issued equipment. We turned that stuff over.”
Taggart told Daily Caller Awan then threatened to sue Taggart for return of the equipment and tried to enter the property (unauthorized) several times.
Imran’s stepmother reportedly filed a lawsuit in Virginia claiming abuse from Awan:
Samina Gilani alleges her stepsons of wiretapping her phones, threatening to kidnap family members in Pakistan, and preventing her from seeing her dying husband in a Virginia hospital unless she granted them power of attorney. She also accused them of trying to remove her as the beneficiary of her husband’s $50,000 life-insurance policy.
On August 3, Wasserman Schultz told the Sun-Sentinel:
“I believe that I did the right thing, and I would do it again. There are times when you can’t be afraid to stand alone, and you have to stand up for what’s right.”
She also blamed the “right-wing media circus fringe” for keeping the criminal investigation alive in the news, and confirmed she created new tasks for Awan so he could stay on payroll after being banned from the House IT network.
On August 17, Imran Awan and Hina Alvi were indicted on four charges including conspiracy, engaging in unlawful monetary transactions, and making false statements.
Daily Mail reported Awan is under a high-intensity supervision program and must wear a monitoring device and stay within 50 miles of his house and–apparently learning from his wife’s mistake–was holding just under the reporting requirement of $10,000 when he tried to flee to Pakistan.
They also got this picture:
In a further denigration of Debbie and her abuse of party power, a federal court on August 25 dismissed a class-action lawsuit against the DNC, noting that while “the Court assumes […] that the DNC and Wasserman Schultz held a palpable bias in favor Clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her Democratic opponent”, the plaintiffs who brought the suit had not suffered sufficient “concrete injury” to allow the court to intervene.
FAKE NEWS ALERT (???) :
It is unclear what impact the latest Debbie drama will have on the (as yet unsubstantiated but certainly concerning) rumors of DNC leadership involvement in the death of Shawn Lucas; or the intriguing circumstances of the demise of Beranton Whisenant Jr.
Whisenant, 37 (below), was a federal prosecutor found May 25 washed up on a Hollywood, FL beach with a bullet in his head.
Miami Herald reports that although the death investigation remains “shrouded in mystery,” Whisenant’s friends and family are not pleased with new conspiracy theories that stem from his body’s (apparently incidental) discovery in Wasserman Schultz’ district:
People close to Whisenant say they have seen the postings and are “disgusted” with the exploitation of his death, saying he had no connection to the DNC case.
Hollywood PD is investigating after the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office ruled out any connection between Whisenant’s federal prosecuting work and his death.
Thanks to our sources: