The indictment comes almost a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia while trying to board a plane and flee to Pakistan. He was originally charged with just a single bank fraud count and Awan pled not guilty.
Awan is accused of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, a violation of the credit union’s policies since it is not the owner’s primary residence. The fraudulently obtained funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Although reports of the probe into Awan’s activities have been circulating since February, the staffer had been kept on the payroll of Debbie Wasserman Schultz until Tuesday, despite the fact that he had been barred from accessing the House server network. Not long after his arrest, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ office announced that they would be firing him.
Awan, along several members of his family including two brothers and their spouses, is at the center of a massive scandal involving activities they engaged in while employed as IT staffers for several members of the House Democratic caucus.
Do you think Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her cronies should be investigated right along with Awan and his brothers?