Top Democrat Tech Aide From Pakistan Gets a Free Pass on House Server Going Missing

Posted: Jul 03, 2018 12:30 PM
Top Democrat Tech Aide From Pakistan Gets a Free Pass on House Server Going Missing

Top Democrat tech aide Imran Awan, who attempted to flee the country when allegations of congressional server tampering and theft came to light, pleaded guilty to bank fraud Tuesday morning in federal court. He was arrested in July 17 at the airport, where he planned to fly to Pakistan. 

An aide for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., has been arrested for attempting to flee the country and charged with bank fraud, officials said.

Imran Awan, 37, was arrested on Monday by FBI agents and U.S. Capitol Police at Dulles International Airport trying to fly to Lahore, Pakistan.

Awan was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Tuesday with one count of bank fraud, a federal offense, and he pleaded not guilty.

Officials said Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, defrauded the Congressional Federal Credit Union for $165,000 by lying on a home equity loan application, according to federal court documents.

More background:

Awan and four of his associates, including family members, worked as IT specialists for dozens of Democratic lawmakers until they were banned from the computer network in February 2017 for allegedly violating House security rules. The ensuing investigation attracted aggressive coverage by conservative media outlets — led by the Daily Caller — and prompted calls from Trump to prosecute Awan, whom the president referred to in one tweet as the “Pakistani mystery man.”

And where we are now: 

According to prosecutors, "the Government has found no evidence [Awan] illegally removed House data from the House network or from House Members’ offices, stole the House Democratic Caucus Server, stole or destroyed House information technology equipment, or improperly accessed or transferred government information, including classified or sensitive information.”