Wasserman-Schultz And The Pakistani IT Scammers: "There's More Than Just Bank Fraud Going On Here"

Authored by Andrew McCarthy via National Review,

There’s more than bank fraud going on here.

In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud.

Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

By then, the proceeds of the fraudulent $165,000 loan they’d gotten from the Congressional Federal Credit Union had been sent ahead. It was part of a $283,000 transfer that Awan managed to wire from Capitol Hill. He pulled it off — hilariously, if infuriatingly — by pretending to be his wife in a phone call with the credit union. Told that his proffered reason for the transfer (“funeral arrangements”) wouldn’t fly, “Mrs.” Awan promptly repurposed: Now “she” was “buying property.” Asking no more questions, the credit union wired the money . . . to Pakistan.

As you let all that sink in, consider this: Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.

They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.

This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.

At the time of his arrest, the 37-year-old Imran Awan had been working for Democrats as an information technologist for 13 years. He started out with Representative Gregory Meeks (D., N.Y.) in 2004. The next year, he landed on the staff of Wasserman Schultz, who had just been elected to the House.

Congressional-staff salaries are modest, in the $40,000 range. For some reason, Awan was paid about four times as much. He also managed to get his wife, Alvi, on the House payroll . . . then his brother, Abid Awan . . . then Abid’s wife, Natalia Sova. The youngest of the clan, Awan’s brother Jamal, came on board in 2014 — the then-20-year-old commanding an annual salary of $160,000. A few of these arrangements appear to have been sinecures: While some Awans were rarely seen around the office, we now know they were engaged in extensive financial shenanigans away from the Capitol. Nevertheless, the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak, who has been all over this story, reports that, for their IT “work,” the Pakistani family has reeled in $4 million from U.S. taxpayers since 2009.

That’s just the “legit” dough. The family business evidently dabbles in procurement fraud, too. The Capitol Police and FBI are exploring widespread double-billing for computers, other communication devices, and related equipment.

Why were they paid so much for doing so little? Intriguing as it is, that’s a side issue. A more pressing question is: Why were they given access to highly sensitive government information? Ordinarily, that requires a security clearance, awarded only after a background check that peruses ties to foreign countries, associations with unsavory characters, and vulnerability to blackmail.

These characters could not possibly have qualified. Never mind access; it’s hard to fathom how they retained their jobs. The Daily Caller has also discovered that the family, which controlled several properties, was involved in various suspicious mortgage transfers. Abid Awan, while working “full-time” in Congress, ran a curious auto-retail business called “Cars International A” (yes, CIA), through which he was accused of stealing money and merchandise. In 2012, he discharged debts in bankruptcy (while scheming to keep his real-estate holdings). Congressional Democrats hired Abid despite his drunk-driving conviction a month before he started at the House, and they retained him despite his public-drunkenness arrest a month after. Beyond that, he and Imran both committed sundry vehicular offenses. In civil lawsuits, they are accused of life-insurance fraud.

Democrats now say that any access to sensitive information was “unauthorized.” But how hard could it have been to get “unauthorized” access when House Intelligence Committee Dems wanted their staffers to have unbounded access? In 2016, they wrote a letter to an appropriations subcommittee seeking funding so their staffers could obtain “Top Secret — Sensitive Compartmented Information” clearances. TS/SCI is the highest-level security classification. Awan family members were working for a number of the letter’s signatories.

Democratic members, of course, would not make such a request without coordination with leadership. Did I mention that the ranking member on the appropriations subcommittee to whom the letter was addressed was Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Why has the investigation taken so long? Why so little enforcement action until this week? Why, most of all, were Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats so indulgent of the Awans?

The probe began in late 2016. In short order, the Awans clearly knew they were hot numbers. They started arranging the fraudulent credit-union loan in December, and the $283,000 wire transfer occurred on January 18. In early February, House security services informed representatives that the Awans were suspects in a criminal investigation. At some point, investigators found stolen equipment stashed in the Rayburn House Office Building, including a laptop that appears to belong to Wasserman Schultz and that Imran was using. Although the Awans were banned from the Capitol computer network, not only did Wasserman Schultz keep Imran on staff for several additional months, but Meeks retained Alvi until February 28 — five days before she skedaddled to Lahore.

Strange thing about that: On March 5, the FBI (along with the Capitol Police) got to Dulles Airport in time to stop Alvi before she embarked. It was discovered that she was carrying $12,400 in cash. As I pointed out this week, it is a felony to export more than $10,000 in currency from the U.S. without filing a currency transportation report. It seems certain that Alvi did not file one: In connection with her husband’s arrest this week, the FBI submitted to the court a complaint affidavit that describes Alvi’s flight but makes no mention of a currency transportation report. Yet far from making an arrest, agents permitted her to board the plane and leave the country, notwithstanding their stated belief that she has no intention of returning.

Many congressional staffers are convinced that they’d long ago have been in handcuffs if they pulled what the Awans are suspected of. Nevertheless, no arrests were made when the scandal became public in February. For months, Imran has been strolling around the Capitol. In the interim, Wasserman Schultz has been battling investigators: demanding the return of her laptop, invoking a constitutional privilege (under the speech-and-debate clause) to impede agents from searching it, and threatening the Capitol Police with “consequences” if they don’t relent. Only last week, according to Fox News, did she finally signal willingness to drop objections to a scan of the laptop by federal investigators. Her stridency in obstructing the investigation has been jarring.

As evidence has mounted, the scores of Democrats for whom the Awans worked have expressed no alarm. Instead, we’ve heard slanderous suspicions that the investigation is a product of — all together now — “Islamophobia.” But Samina Gilani, the Awan brothers’ stepmother, begs to differ. Gilani complained to Virginia police that the Awans secretly bugged her home and then used the recordings to blackmail her. She averred in court documents that she was pressured to surrender cash she had stored in Pakistan. Imran claimed to be “very powerful” — so powerful he could order her family members kidnapped.

We don’t know if these allegations are true, but they are disturbing.

The Awans have had the opportunity to acquire communications and other information that could prove embarrassing, or worse, especially for the pols who hired them. Did the swindling staffers compromise members of Congress? Does blackmail explain why were they able to go unscathed for so long?

And as for that sensitive information, did the Awans send American secrets, along with those hundreds of thousands of American dollars, to Pakistan?

This is no run-of-the-mill bank-fraud case.



MarsInScorpio BaBaBouy Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:06 Permalink

BaBaBouy:Debbie is going to rat out Hillary and the Clinton Criminal Clan, then end up in a witness protection program, no doubt as soon as she rolls. Only complete fools still think the Clintons aren't running down the assassination squads; Debbie knows about the hit on SETH RICH and knows she will get the same.Imagine what it is like to know that you are now going to be offed the way you were in on offing SETH RICH.As a left-handed observation, this irony is why people still read the Bible - this is the story and Jacob and his brothers. The dined while they awaited his destruction and death in a well, then they showed up years later looking for food and unknown to them, here is Jacob running the show in Egypt and they are dining, awaiting their own death.The only thing that changes about humanity are the names of the characters . . .

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Manthong MagicHandPuppet Mon, 07/31/2017 - 00:25 Permalink

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MarsInScorpio tmosley Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:29 Permalink

tmosley:Bingo!Yeah, that is why DWS was desparate to keep him around; he did this and who knows how many other murders-for-hire. The link from the Awans to the Clintons through DWS is irrefutable.Now I also understand HRC's loyalty beyond any point of reason to DWS.For all of you wetting your pants and dissing the president for not going after the Clinton Crime Clan, as I told you before, it takes some time to build up a case like that. He has been torpedoed relentlessly by RINOs, the DOJ holdovers, the Unholy Trinity of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, the Malicious Seditionist Media, and every oatmeal-for-brains Soros supported criminal in black.Here's a bit of wisdom to keep in your mind from here forward:"The wheels of the gods turn ever so slow, but they grind ever so incredibly fine."If you are still going to talk smack, then just E S & D.

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herbivore MarsInScorpio Sun, 07/30/2017 - 19:38 Permalink

"...it takes some time to build up a case like that"   Yes, as in forever, esp. if Sessions is in charge at DOJ, McCabe at FBI, and countless holdovers from Obama's reign of error. The Deep State simply can't tolerate any more unraveling, and the immunity agreements, they be a-flyin' soon, handed out to one and all. And perhaps most importantly, evidence will be destroyed en masse.

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cat-foodcafe MarsInScorpio Mon, 07/31/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

yeah, we are looking at a very conplicated and interlocked MOSSAD op going real bad.this is how the jew controls western govts. fbi will stand down as well as doj, after a sacrificial pig has been gored.  Trump is being blackmailed using his wife and kids as hostages.Wasserman will skate, probably to Qatar, along with Podesta, where all the KlintonFound. funds are holed up.bad bad bunch of stinking s""t....always Mossad lurking in the shadows.

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El Oregonian JLee2027 Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:55 Permalink

BTW, remember LaVoy Finnicum, the Utah rancher murdered by the FBI in an ambush. Who was Mr. Finnicum you ask? Mr. Finnicum happened to have a 99 year lease of BLM land that sits on large deposits of... you guessed it, URANIUM! The very uranium Hillary, as Sec. of State, sold to the Russian business firm Uranium One, that the Clinton Foundation was so closely involved in... Interestingly it is much more sickening the deeper this goes... spirit cooking and so much more.God have mercy on us.

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East Indian tmosley Sun, 07/30/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

These fellows are triple agents; imported by CIA from its Pakistan branch; these fellows are 100% related to some Paki CIA handler managing Afghan drug trade; as such these handlers and these Awan brothers are indentured to the ISI of Pakistan; they are employed as a good will gesture and also as hostages (it is extremely common around here to get your near and dear placed with a 'friend'). CIA imported these guys and placed them with the Senators and the Congressmen. These Senators and all know very well that these Awan brothers are CIA; yet they take their services because it guarantees 100% secrecy, as long as you are loyal to the CIA. Thus it serves a double purpose: you get your dirty works done without hassles, and the CIA gets blackmailable data on you to control you. But dont worry, as long as you do as instructed, your secrets are safe. The question now is what the FBI will do once it encounters the CIA angle. My guess is this particular Awan foolish enough to get caught (I dot understand why he did not seek refuge with the CIA) may be a big liability, and as such, he may commit suicide by stabbing himself in the back or some such novel procedure (perhaps a pesticide spraying plane may chase him). But others have reach ashore safe; they will cherish the memory of this Awan forever. 

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WillyGroper MarsInScorpio Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:27 Permalink

begining to think this whole awan shitshow is to coverup this.let's see how George Webb responds.worse...war with russia, iran, nk. HR3364.  41 min in. wait till you hear how they passed it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8YACvH561A djt's nads are in a vice...willingly. cocksuckers that won't be sending their kids. https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00175

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Chupacabra-322 MarsInScorpio Sun, 07/30/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

@ Marsln,

*Attention - The Awans & Pakistani ISI are only "sub contractors" for Hillary (CIA since young/operative/ratline field commander) & Israeli Mossad (Debbie Wasserman, Weiner, Shumer & any other affiliated Zionist Jews). Both the CIA (Rockefeller>Kissinger down the line to CIA-op Hillary/all presidents except Trump) + Israel (Rosthchild) & Mossad (Rothschild private intel/military army) have compromised and co-opted the White House/US Presidency, US Congress, US Senate and much of state government.

Both CIA & Mossad farm out dirty work ops to other international Intelligence agencies & military, as well as criminal organizations in order to created a spider web of hard to prove 3rd, 4th, 5th party connections to their illegal operations in order limit their exposure to being outed by real journalists like the dead Michael Hastings.

Pakistan ISI, the Muslim Brotherhood or any other seemingly bad actors have 'not' infiltrated and taken over Congress nor anything else. The Awans and the Pakistani ISI were 'invited' & brought here by Mossad-Anthony Weiner & Mossad-Debbie Wasserman-Schultz here to run operations for CIA-international-crime-boss-Hillary Clinton.?

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northwdsnh MarsInScorpio Sun, 07/30/2017 - 23:30 Permalink

Debbie is not going to say one word. Her brother Steve Wasserman, Assistant U.S. Attorney, will keep her informed of every step of the investigation, and if it looks like its getting to hot, she'll be on the next flight to Tel-Aviv. This whole thing will get buried, as it most likely involves the blackmail of, and breach of US National Security by several dozen Idiotic democratic members of Congress. No doubt these pakistani spies are somehow tied to israeli intelligence.

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FoggyWorld whoflungdung Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

But he leads an unusual life for a guy his age.   He was a Banker but has been a stay at home Dad for years it seems even though his kids are all school aged.Seems odd because Debbie shows their income as being among the lowest for a Congressperson and one would think he with time on his hands, might try to make some money.   He may be doing that but it doesn't show up on Debbie's forms.

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