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December Debacle: Stories from the Freezer!!! Awan Updates

Updated 1/7/18.

Suspected bank defrauder Imran Awan and his circle of crack ex-tech employees of the Federal Government were back in the news over the past several months.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 25: Debbie, Derelict of Any Responsibility

In September, Awan’s wife Hina Alvi, at large in Pakistan from bank fraud charges after Federal agents intercepted her with a bag of cash at Dulles airport in March, then let her board the plane out, bargained with the Feds to return to America to face an arraignment. It is unclear if she actually returned, but Washington Examiner reported the deal scheduled the homecoming for the last week of September. In exchange for her children not watching her arrest, Alvi agreed to give up her passports.

We already reported on Awan’s stepmother, Samina Gilani‘s allegations that Awan coerced her to sign over assets, wiretapped her and threatened to kill family members back in Pakistan. Daily Caller found Gilani and two other women filed police reports in Virginia accusing Awan of abuse.

Salam Chaudry‘s December 2015 injury was redacted from the domestic dispute report. Awan lawyered up when the officer asked him questions. Both Awan and Chaudry insisted they were only roommates. Chaudry and her two young children stayed while Awan left the apartment that night.

Seven months later, Samara Siddique summoned police while Awan was out, claimed to be in a relationship with him, and asked for information on obtaining a restraining order.

Gilani told police Awan threatened to hurt her and a cousin in Baltimore, and that Siddique is Awan’s second wife by Pakistani law.

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Update:

Daily Caller also fingered the Awans for a Hillary-esque, Federal-oversight defying Secret Server operation whose existence was only reported by other apparently conservative outlets.

While Politico acknowledged in March that Awan and his four relatives and friends were fired for stealing equipment from [Congress] members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network, the ex-employees are now alleged to have compiled server data from Democratic House members onto this unknown server as well as “Dropbox.” Since Dropbox use was prohibited, Awan allegedly used a fake account and could have accessed the data after his official clearance was revoked in February.

(In his defense, Federal officials often use fake accounts to get around FOIA requests.)

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! February 27–Justice Department and EPA

The secret server (“connected” to the House Democratic Caucus, according to Daily Caller) came to light when outgoing HDC chair Xavier Becerra (D-CA) (below) resigned to become California’s attorney general and requested the server be wiped.

Xavier Becerra official portrait.jpg

Police asked to see the server (right around the time Awan and entourage were fired by everyone except Debbie Wasserman Schultz), and Awan turned in a false copy for evidence, which may carry a charge of interfering with a criminal investigation.

Awan had access to office files from 45 House Democrats prior to his removal. Mrs. Alvi reportedly received at least $25,000 per year (in addition to her salary) from Becerra’s office during his 2013-2016 chairmanship of the HDC.

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In October, when Awan (on house arrest for bank fraud charges) argued through his attorney he should have his GPS monitor removed and curfew rescinded, the FBI’s finding that he wiped all data from his cell phone–just prior to being arrested at the airport fleeing to Pakistan–came to light.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Mirando stamped out the counterargument that the phone contained no data because it was recently purchased by producing the phone’s time stamp from three hours prior to the arrest.

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On November 11, the Congress Committee on House Administration announced two STUPID PHRASE ALERT “listening sessions” to brief House members behind closed doors on the future use of “shared employees.” Politico suggests Awan and four associates’ charges of lifting IT equipment and illegal activity on the House network may have motivated the seminar.

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But the strangest development was the revelation of Cars International A (CIA), an auto dealership Awan’s brother Abid (below, not feeling very photogenic) ran in tandem with his recent $164,980 “shared employee” position in for House members.  He reportedly omitted  loans to finance the dealership from his Congressional ethics form.

Abid Awan, a House IT technician suspected in a security breach, leaves court after separately being accused of insurance fraud. DCNF photo

A 2010 loan of $100,000 to CIA came from internal medicine Dr. Ali Al-Attar, who was indicted by then-U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein for tax fraud in 2012. Al-Attar has reportedly fled to Iraq to shake additional charges.

CIA apparently took orders for cars, then procured them from AAA Motors across the street. Nasir Khattak (also from Pakistan) ran AAA, and revealed in deposition that his business subsidized Imran Awan (the actual mastermind of CIA).

Other dealerships tried to move cars through CIA, and sued when Awan screwed them. Daily Caller:

It’s not clear where the dealership’s money was going, because it was sued by at least five different people on all ends of a typical car business who said they were stiffed. CIA didn’t pay the security deposit, rent or taxes for its building, it didn’t pay wholesalers who provided cars, and it sold broken cars to people and then refused to honor the warranties, the lawsuits say.

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Chris Gowen (below), Imran Awan’s attorney, worked for both Bill and Hillary Clinton when Hillary was a Senator.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/democratic-it-staffer-who-fled-the-country-strikes-deal-to-return-face-charges/article/2633528

EXCLUSIVE: DWS IT Guy Was Banned From House After Trying To Hide Secret Server

House IT Worker At Center Of Scandal Allegedly Abused Three Muslim Women

https://www.forbes.com/sites/frankminiter/2017/10/09/congressional-it-aide-wiped-his-phone-before-being-arrested-heres-how-the-fbi-found-out/#1efe9142e139

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/07/house-lawmakers-it-probe-244662

House IT Aides Ran Car Dealership With Markings Of A Nefarious Money Laundering Operation

https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/baltimore/press-releases/2012/two-physicians-indicted-in-a-conspiracy-to-defraud-the-irs-by-concealing-their-income-and-filing-false-tax-returns

https://medium.com/@TelescreenMedia/we-the-people-have-been-compromised-imran-awan-timeline-a25a5c9d4c80

http://gowenrhoades.com/christopher-gowen/

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 25: Debbie, Derelict of Any Responsibility

Our contempt for payday loan guardian and 2016 primary scales-tipping Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz continues.

DNC Shakeup: The Usual Suspects

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.

(Politico, 2/2/17)

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.

Links: Imran Awan used his social media account to boast of his access to top Democratic figures - and worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a time when she ran the party's National Committee. It was hacked, allegedly by Russians, producing devastating leaked emails

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.

National Review:

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.

The Hill:

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.

 

Fired: Abid Awan and his wife Natalia Sova were also working for Dems but were fired as the investigation emerged 

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.

[our emphasis]

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.

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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.

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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.

Andre Taggart found hard drives tied to Imran Awan and turned them over to the FBI. / Provided photo

“[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.

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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.

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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:

Charged: Imran Awan was Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT aide but now faces years in prison if found guilty of the four charges against her 

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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:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/343723-house-dem-staffer-arrested-on-bank-fraud-charges

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/26/politics/imran-awan-house-democrats/index.html

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/449860/hina-alvi-imran-awan-debbie-wasserman-shultzs-it-staffers-attempts-fled-country

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/13821/Abid-A-Awan

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/32778/Rao-R-Abbas

http://nypost.com/2017/05/28/criminal-probe-on-capitol-hill-staffers-remains-eerie/

http://congressional-staff.insidegov.com/l/22682/Hina-R-Alvi

Hina Alvi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4803884/Pictured-Dem-aide-charged-fraud-hacking-probe.html