The Pakistani family that is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Capitol Police for abusing their access to congressional information technology (IT) system were often paid in cash!
They have engaged in myriad other questionable schemes besides allegedly placing “ghost employees” on the congressional payroll. The group compromised at least 80 congregational computers.
The five 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 looks like the crew may have engaged in tax fraud, extortion, bankruptcy fraud and insurance fraud. Much of the cash could have been funneled overseas.
The absence of signs of wealth displayed among them raise questions such where the cash went. Was the money sent overseas”?
Imran Awan, his wife Hina, and brothers Abid and Jamal netted more than $4 million in salary working for House Democrats between 2009 and 2017.
The secret departure of Hina Alvi to Pakistan amid the ongoing investigation makes it look all the more suspicious.
The scandal has been just one more thorn in the side of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC.
Who exactly hired these folks and why? Who knew what and when? Why were they paid in cash?
Awan has long-standing relationships with Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Marcia Fudge. He joined Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005 and started working for Fudge in 2008. In addition, Wasserman Schultz, are said to have a friendly personal relationship with Awan and his wife, according to multiple sources.
As shared employees, Awan, Alvi and their relatives worked for dozens of House Democrats at a time, meaning no one lawmaker was responsible for paying their full salary.
Sources close to the House investigation said the former staffers, while able to view some member data, did not have access to any classified information.
Now they are all hiding out. I am sure we will get to the bottom of this. I am sure DWS will lie in the midst of it as well!