Awan Plot Thickens As NY Democrat Yvette Clarke "Quietly" Wrote-Off $120,000 Of Missing Tech Equipment

When we reported last week that Imran Awan and his wife had been indicted by a grand jury on 4 counts, including bank fraud and making false statements related to some home equity loans, we also noted that those charges could simply be placeholders for further developments yet to come.  Now, according to a new report from the Daily Caller, the more interesting component of the FBI's investigation could be tied to precisely why New York Democrat Representative Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to simply write-off $120,000 in missing electronics tied to the Awans.

A chief of staff for Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke quietly agreed in early 2016 to sign away a $120,000 missing electronics problem on behalf of two former IT aides now suspected of stealing equipment from Congress, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

 

Clarke’s chief of staff at the time effectively dismissed the loss and prevented it from coming up in future audits by signing a form removing the missing equipment from a House-wide tracking system after one of the Awan brothers alerted the office the equipment was gone. The Pakistani-born brothers are now at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Congressional offices.

 

The $120,000 figure amounts to about a tenth of the office’s annual budget, or enough to hire four legislative assistants to handle the concerns of constituents in her New York district. Yet when one of the brothers alerted the office to the massive loss, the chief of staff signed a form that quietly reconciled the missing equipment in the office budget, the official told TheDCNF. Abid Awan remained employed by the office for months after the loss of the equipment was flagged.

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If true, of course this new information would seem to support previously reported rumors that the Awans orchestrated a long-running fraud scheme in which their office would purchase equipment in a way that avoided tracking by central House-wide administrators and then sell that equipment for a personal gain while simultaneously defrauding taxpayers of $1,000's of dollars. 

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Caller, CDW Government could have been in on the scheme.

They’re suspected of working with an employee of CDW Government Inc. — one of the Hill’s largest technology providers — to alter invoices in order to avoid tracking. The result would be that no one outside the office would notice if the equipment disappeared, and investigators think the goal of the scheme was to remove and sell the equipment outside of Congress.

 

CDW spokeswoman Kelly Caraher told TheDCNF the company is cooperating with investigators, and has assurance from prosecutors its employees are not targets of the investigation. “CDW and its employees have cooperated fully with investigators and will continue to do so,” Caraher said. “The prosecutors directing this investigation have informed CDW and its coworkers that they are not subjects or targets of the investigation.”

Not surprisingly, Clarke's office apparently felt no need whatsoever to report the $120,000 worth of missing IT equipment to the authorities...it's just taxpayer money afterall...

According to the official who talked to TheDCNF, Clarke’s chief of staff did not alert authorities to the huge sum of missing money when it was brought to the attention of the office around February of 2016. A request to sign away that much lost equipment would have been “way outside any realm of normalcy,” the official said, but the office did not bring it to the attention of authorities until months later when House administrators told the office they were reviewing finances connected to the Awans.

 

The administrators informed the office that September they were independently looking into discrepancies surrounding the Awans, including a review of finances connected to the brothers in all the congressional offices that employed them. The House administrators asked Clarke’s then-chief of staff, Wendy Anderson, whether she had noticed any anomalies, and at that time she alerted them to the $120,000 write-off, the official told TheDCNF.

Of course, the missing $120,000 covers only Clarke’s office. As we've noted before, Imran and his relatives worked for more than 40 current House members when they were banned from the House network in February, and have together worked for dozens more in past years so who know just how deep this particular rabbit hole goes.

Also makes you wonder what else Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Awans might be hiding.  Certainly the decision by Wasserman-Shultz to keep Awan on her taxpayer funded payroll, right up until he was arrested by the FBI while trying to flee the country, is looking increasingly fishy with each passing day.

Comments

AlaricBalth overbet Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:15 Permalink

18 U.S. Code § 4 - Misprision of felony

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

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nmewn TBT or not TBT Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:31 Permalink

Ummm, Mzzz.Wassername-Shitz. There seems to be some sort of discrepancy in the official ledger. We don't show the serial number of your government laptop being held as evidence as being government property. That would be the laptop that you went spastic over & threatened the Capitol Police with withholding their funding (blackmail) over because of your position in authority. The one which you acknowledged as being a government laptop assigned to you. This is not a request.You are ordered to appear at the FBI office downtown at 9:00AM on August 23 2017 and you should bring an attorney and/or whatever legal counsel you desire paid for out of your own personal funds.(A guy can dream) ;-)

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PT nmewn Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:32 Permalink

DWS laptop.  Weiner's laptop.  How long does BleachBit take to do it's thing?  How long have these laptops been in custody?  That is my fear.Dear Law Enforcement.  In case you were too stupid to figure it out earlier, if you get hold of a latop, make multiple copies before handing it over to your "superiors".  Give 'em six months (or six weeks) and then release multiple copies to all four corners of the globe.Justice must be done.  Justice must be seen to be done.  And Justice must be done before the perps grow old and die.

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Cardinal Fang overbet Mon, 08/21/2017 - 21:01 Permalink

That's what I was thinking, the shit was full of classified and sold off to the highest bidder.

It wasn't about the replacement value of the missing computers, it was about the intrinsic value of used US Government Legislative Branch computers. Probably included network sdrowssap for a nominal fee...

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MagicHandPuppet bigdumbnugly Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:36 Permalink

Slightly O.T.: It would be interesting if a little thread of interrogation led them to the hundreds of thousands of dollars of hardware "lost" here in Charlotte before a massive fraudulant insurance claim was made.  A little birdy told me of a number of people who worked as IT support at the Charlotte DNC national convention who personally benefited to a great degree of this said "lost" hardware.  And, their "free goodies" were nothing compared to how much loot the top of the DNC food chain walked away with.

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land_of_the_few grunk Mon, 08/21/2017 - 20:13 Permalink

If she is thrown under the bus then the leash will pull her owners under the tires too.Reminds me of a discussion about motorcycles and small pet dogs out for a walk...if they run out in front, aim for the leash?Well you gotta decide somehow, even if the end result is inevitably pretty similar whichever way it goes! 

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Mazzy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:28 Permalink

A lot of folks need to be lynched down by the big swamp.  Lets start with the Awan brothers.  Spies and saboteurs get no quarter.

Jim in MN Mazzy Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

Speaking of Lynch....breaking at Circa News this evening:https://www.circa.com/story/2017/08/21/politics/watchdog-group-will-ask…"They told us there was no documents related to the inquiry but there were," said Sekulow. "These documents show it went to the chief of staff of James Comey and he gets out there and acts like he was shocked and appalled by this but he knew about it. And didn't decide to do anything about it, except he decides to go public on that statement he made about Hillary Clinton and the investigation where he clears her."

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