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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’ I.T. Guy – The Facts to Date

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Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC as he was attempting to board a flight headed to Pakistan. Awan is charged with bank fraud.

Normally a story like this wouldn’t get much attention outside the police blotter in the local newspaper, but this isn’t a normal story. It’s a story that’s about as clear as the Mississippi river but is filled with intrigue and the potential to drag numerous DC acolytes and congressional representatives on the Democratic side of the aisle into a sludge pit.

Here’s what is known and the timeline that lead to the arrest this past week.

Debbie Wasserman-SchultzIn 2004 Congressman Robert Wexler (D) from New York, hired a Pakistani I.T. technician named Imran Awan to handle the technology needs for his office. Little was or is known about Awan. He’s a naturalized citizen according to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was convinced by Wexler to hire Awan as her I.T. specialist, a job he held along with others until his recent arrest when Schultz fired him. But there have been no reports on when he came to the U.S., his background, or even if he’s actually an I.T. specialist. The ambiguity surrounding Awan is surprising, however major news media has all but ignored this story making facts slow to come out.

It is interesting to note that at the time Awan was being hired by Schultz, I.T. contractors were being paid an average of $40,000 to $60,000 a year. Awan was being paid about $120,000 more than double the average salary paid for I.T. work by other congressional representatives. Which brings up question number one; why the inflated salary?

Within a year after Schultz hires Awan he requests more help so they hire his brother Abid Awan. Abid is paid the same salary or about $120,000. The database and workload apparently grew to the point where Awan requested more help. So  they hired his wife and best friend.  Both at similar salaries over $100,000 per year. We know that Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, had no I.T. experience and his best friend, Rao Abbas, was working at a local McDonalds before being snatched up for a high paying I.T. job by Wasserman-Schultz.  Nothing illegal here, just odd and filled with cronyism and nepotism, two things the Left typically cringe at and protest.  At one point Awan, his family, and friends were making a combined $4 million dollars per year! What kind of I.T. jobs were these folks doing to demand that kind of money? No one is asking that question. The youngest Awan brother, Jamal, got on the House payroll too. He’s only 20 years-old and makes $160,000, much more than others in a similar I.T. position.

Awan and his group begin to branch out. Yes, they continue to work the I.T. gig for Wasserman-Schultz and many other Democrat congressional representatives in Washington, but they also start to buy real estate (houses) in the Virgina area. Where do they go to get their home loans? The Capital Credit Union. The bank of congress.

In 2009 they start a car dealership called Cars International A, LLC, referred to as “CIA” in court documents. The A doesn’t stand for anything but you can’t get CIA without it. So they try their hand at used car sales. At this same time Imran’s brother Abid has his own car repossessed and he begins to experience financial trouble. This usually wouldn’t be of any real interest except for the fact that all congressional I.T. employees must also have security clearances to hold those jobs.  Generally, financial issues like a vehicle repossession or bankruptcy would be cause for a review of the individual’s security credentials. There are sound reasons for this.  Someone with a government security clearance could have access to sensitive materials and could be compromised by foreign agents. Secrets for sale anyone? That’s the concern and that’s why such a review would be a normal protocol in this case, however, in this case no review was made. No questions were asked.

The financial situation for CIA and Abid didn’t get better, in fact it got worse. In 2010 CIA filed for bankruptcy. Now the security clearance credentials would surely be brought into question and possibly revoked, right? No, not really. No one questioned Imran or Abid and their credentials remained intact. In 2012 Abid files for personal bankruptcy. Three’s a charm. His security clearance would most certainly be revoked after a repossession and two bankruptcies. But no. Nothing happened. At this time Abid hopped on a plane to Beruit.  In Beruit he meets with Dr. Ali al-Attar, an Iraqi politician who was instrumental in the Iraq war and has ties to Hezbollah. The good doctor then decides to “invest” in the Awan family and gives them a $100,000 “loan.” Still no questions are asked by any one at the congressional level or Debbie Wasserman-Schultz or any of the other congressional democrats paying Awan and his group.

Then it gets even more bizarre. Imran, acting as his wife on a telephone call with the Capital Credit Union, tries to get $283,000 wired to Pakistan for a “funeral.” When the credit union says no, they can’t wire the money for a funeral, Imran changes character and speaks as himself explaining his wife was mistaken and the money is needed for a property purchase. Incredibly, the credit union says OK.

At this point capital police are looking into this and other irregularities surrounding Awan and his group of I.T. techs. However, according to The Daily Caller, “Awan’s wife, Hina, left the country under similar circumstances March 5, after withdrawing the couple’s three kids from school without telling Virginia education officials, packing up all of her possessions, and hiding $12,000 in cash, according to an FBI affidavit. She allegedly had hundreds of thousands of dollars waiting in Pakistan for her — money the FBI says Awan had obtained partly through mortgage fraud and had wired overseas using a false explanation.” She is now being protected by the Pakistani government.

That’s all we know to this point. Does anyone in the mainstream media think that’s worth investigating? Does anyone in congress see a single red flag in any of this information? So far none of the major media have done any in-depth reporting on a story that is begging for a good investigative journalist to take it on.

Some simple questions that came to my simple mind:
Why were these people being paid so much money when the average I.T. Tech was only making $40 to $60K a year?
Was DWS and the DNC being blackmailed?
Why didn’t anyone at the Capital Credit Union raise any alarms during the sketchy bank loan situation?
Why hasn’t anyone questioned the desire of an Iraqi politician to invest $100K in a bankrupt car dealership?

The Awan family I.T. group had complete access to all of the DNC’s private information and all of their emails as well as the emails of dozens of congressional democrats. Yet no one is talking about this in the major media.

This isn’t a democrat or republican issue. This is a serious national security issue and it needs to be addressed now.

These are the facts. This is what we know happened since Imran’s arrest and it’s only because of his arrest that we know this much.

Will this turn out to be much ado about nothing or just the tip of the proverbial iceberg?

Time will tell.

For continued updates on this story follow Luke Rosiak at The Daily Caller