A former IT contractor for about two dozen U.S. House Democrats, including Denver’s Diana DeGette, was indicted on bank fraud charges by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday.
Imran Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, lied about property they owned to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union, then sent the money to Pakistan, where they’re from. They are naturalized U.S. citizens.
Imran Awan, three members of his family and a friend have contracted services to Democratic politicians since about 2010.
The bank fraud charges, however, are not related to his political work. Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on a loan or credit application and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions.”
The couple was arrested in July at Dulles International Airport in July before they could board a flight to Pakistan.
DeGette and other members of Congress cut ties with Awan months ago, after it was revealed he was the focus of an investigation into double-charging for House IT equipment and possibly exposing private House information online.
It was only after he was arrested in July that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, fired Awan.
“As far as we know, these current charges do not appear to be associated with his work in the House,” David Damron, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
DeGette told Denver’s 9News Friday that Awan was a contractor who worked for several members of Congresshe, and that she had no reason to believe any of her constituents’ data was breached.
“And several months ago, some months ago, our chief of staff called (us) together and told us there was a criminal investigation involving this individual,” DeGette told KUSA’s Kyle Clark. “We terminated his employment, because, frankly, he … didn’t have access to the House information, so he couldn’t do his job.”
According to the Miami Herald:
The indictment states that Awan and Alvi conspired to obtain home equity lines of credit for $165,000 and $120,000 from a credit union on two properties. They provided false information that the properties were Alvi’s principal residence and second home when they actually rented out the homes. Then, they transferred the proceeds to Pakistan.