BOOM! Wasserman-Schultz IT Aide Arrested While Attempting To Flee Country, Charged With Bank Fraud

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from Zero Hedge:
Just a day after reports emerged that the FBI had seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the residence Imran Awan, the IT aide of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, we learn that Awan has been captured at the Dulles airport while attempted to flee the country.  According to Fox News, Awan has been charged with bank fraud.

For those who have managed to avoid this story, which wouldn’t be difficult given that the mainstream media has made every attempt to ignore it, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.

Up until now, allegations of wrong doing have varied from overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from the emails of their Democrat employers.

Just yesterday we learned that FBI agents reportedly seized a number of “smashed hard drives” and other computer equipment from the Awan’s former residence in Virginia.

FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed by Bureau investigators in the case and a high level congressional source.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, the individual told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

The congressional source, 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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As background, Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.

The family was paid extremely well, with Imran Awan being paid nearly $2 million working as an IT support staffer for House Democrats since 2004. Abid Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were each paid more than $1 million working for House Democrats. In total, since 2003, the family has collected nearly $5 million.

The staffer’s services were so important to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.

The brothers were also employed by members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, such as: Jackie Speier (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Lieu has since openly called for leaks by members of President Trump’s administration despite the fact that he may until recently have been under surveillance by a foreign entity.

One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.

The brothers are accused of removing hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment from congressional offices, including computers and servers, while also running a procurement scheme in which they bought equipment, then overcharged the House administrative office that assigns such contractors to members.

Some congressional technology aides believe that the Awan’s are blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and files, due to the fact that these representatives have displayed unwavering and intense loyalty towards the former aides.

Meanwhile, back in March the Daily Caller reported that the Awan brothers were essentially holding their stepmother in “captivity” in order to extort her for money she had stashed away in Pakistan.

Congressional staffers allegedly held their stepmother in “captivity” with violent threats in a plan to use her to access money stashed away in the Middle East. The staffers are suspected of using their positions to enrich themselves.

Days before U.S. Capitol Police told House members three Pakistani brothers who ran their computer networks may have stolen congressional data, their stepmother called Fairfax County, Virginia police to say the Democratic staffers were keeping her from her husband’s deathbed.

A relative described the woman’s life as being completely controlled by the brothers for months while they schemed to take their father’s life insurance.

The brothers — who as IT professionals for Congress could read House members’ emails — allegedly used wiretapping devices on their own stepmother and threatened to abduct loved ones in Pakistan if she didn’t give them access to money stowed away in that country.

Of course, if Republicans and/or members of the Trump administration hired foreign-born IT specialists who were suspected of committing a laundry list of federal crimes and then smashed a bunch of hard drives just before skipping town…we’re sure the media would still gloss right over it in much the same way they’re doing for the the Democrats in this instance.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. This has tickled my interest actually and, let me say, very well covered above.
    One question please?

    “What was the DESTINATION of Awan’s ticket when He was nabbed”?

    Surely that is of some importance?

    C.I.

    • John “the Molesta” Podesta is protected. And this Paki IT guy knows what happens when you cross the Clintons. Trump/Sessions know they are all Rothschild “made men” and seem to have no interest in pursuing any of this. So nothing will come of this either sadly.

    • The criminal complaint and affidavit said he had bought a ticket to fly Monday to Doha, Qatar, and then Lahore, Pakistan, with a return flight booked for early January.

      • Seeing the profound technical ignorance and techno-antipathy running through your country, I’m not surprised that these Pakistani brothers were able to basically charge whatever they want for their services.
        Billy-Bob, Cletus, Eric and Howard Roark have determined USA should be a tech loser. Meanwhile pro-technology Sweden, Norway, Canada, even India and Pakistan will be happy to pull ahead and take market share from you.

  2. This information is “hopeful”. But in the end, I really don’t hold my breath or hope for it to really result in anything down the line, BECAUSE I imagine that the Clinton operatives and the Podesta operatives are making a lot of frantic phone calls (and private meetings) behind the curtains of secrecy, fraud, bribery, etc.
    But it’s gotta be a wild ride happening in the Clinton group right now. Perhaps a few more insiders will be suicided, and perhaps, if we are lucky, maybe Ms. “Cankles” will be so stressed out that she will have a major stroke or heart attack? So that even though she is probably untouchable in the legal sense, she might get attacked by her own, broken down body.

    I remain “hopeful”.

    • FYI… USA has the worst history of being new tech adopters amongst developed G8 nations. Digital Radio, TDMA, GSM, WCDMA, WPA-PSK are just a few that come to mind. These tech-savvy foreigners probably just show up at your door waiting to take advantage of the “mark”.
      I will always remember one American customer I had saying to me in amazement… “but I just upgraded my cell phone 8 YEARS AGO!”

  3. Sickness in this country. I can only imagine what info on these government officials is on the hard drives. If they are SSD drives smashing them may have done little to nothing to them. I would also imagine a flash drive out there as a backup for further extortion. As to these government officials, they are the ones in frantic mode as light comes out and exposes the demons for what they are.I know he is far from perfect and an asshole at times but he is NOT a politician, so it is not business as usual. The learning curve he is dealing with is the scale of corruption and how high it goes.
    Please pray for our president.

    • The only truly safe way to destroy data is to totally incinerate the drives so that it is not even recognizable as a hard drive (or SSD) anymore. From what I understand “the Langley boys” have secret agreements with Samsung, Western Digital, Seagate, etc to access hidden read/write protected areas of the disk.

      • Not only do they have access to protected firmware partitions, there’s a bevy of NSA malware already in existence targeting persistent “ghost” partitions:
        http://www.myce.com/news/possible-nsa-developed-malware-rewrites-hdd-firmware-discovered-kaspersky-74953/

        Uncovered by those dastardly Russians, of course. How unpatriotic of them. No surprise, but the software targets Windows.

        CIA takes an equally creative but different approach – a good portion of the Vault7 malware was written in Python specifically so it’d be cross-platform. I can’t think of a single UNIX/Linux/BSD distro that doesn’t come with Python preinstalled and it’s included by most OEMs in Windows these days.

        Just goes to show you, even if you’re running a 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} “Free Software” distro like Trisquel, even if you’ve flashed a 100{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} Free Software BIOS like LibreBoot, you can’t hide from these people – only make their cost of operations higher.

        • That’s why I’d love to see more not-NATO-friendly nations start to manufacture Hardware & Firmware.
          I’m forecasting where this ends up is that ultimately the control-freak statists will go after computer users (not neutered “smart phone” users) harder than they ever went after gun owners. And they will use the same stupid, boring arguments…

          “If you don’t have anything to hide, do you need a VPN?”

          “We need sensible email retention and control. For the children’s sake…”

          “Does anybody really need 32GB of RAM?”

          “Mandatory 10 year sentence for people attempting to alter TPM!”

  4. He was arrested on Bank Fraud is just the cover.We already have a sample of how it goes.Remember the Ex House Speaker Dennis Hastert was arrested and tried for Pedifellia/child molestation,which occurred decades earlier when he was a High School Coach.He wasn’t convicted and imprisoned on the molestation offense,but on bank fraud,being “Structured Withdrawals” for the payoffs,get it!They will not transmit the true nature of the crime,beat around the bush to keep hidden/protect to truly guilty,which will undoubtedly point towards the real perps (read:DNC Highest Levels,aka Podesta & Clintons).It will be interesting to see just who else gets thrown under the bus/drug into the net until it hits the brick wall.

  5. ZeroBrains at Zerohedge.com and Sgtreport.com are having a difficult time understanding this article. Why would someone smash up hard drives used by techno dorks to store information that is “not real”? You can’t eat a software. You can’t stand in front of data with your AR-15.
    If you don’t hold it durrr… drool… durrr… drool…

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