Wasserman Schultz Kept Paying Tech Expert Accused of Theft

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), the former Democratic National Committee chairwoman, was arrested this week on bank fraud charges while trying to leave the country.

Multiple relatives of Imran Awan, including his wife Hina Alvi, Abid Awan and Jamal Awan - all House staffers until recently - are also being investigated in connection to the alleged procurement scam, according to a senior House official close to the investigation.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep.

An aide of former Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been arrested trying to leave the country. The substantial scandal has raised questions about who may have been passed data which the Awans had access to, given Pakistan's history of collaborating with a number of foreign countries who have demonstrated past willingness to influence USA politics.

Awan's attorney, Chris Gowen, confirmed that his client was arrested at Dulles Airport on Monday.

In March, a group of House Democrats fired Awan and Alvi after they allegedly stole IT equipment from congressional members and may have exposed House information online. She even spent several minutes of a Capital Police budget hearing hectoring the police chief to return the laptop and threatening "consequences" if he didn't. "Upon learning of his arrest, he was terminated", Wasserman Schultz said Wednesday via email.

Schultz's spokesman David Damron said in a statement that Awan was sacked on Tuesday, according to the broadcaster.

Awan remained in the employment of Rep.

After his arrest, he was granted bail, but was required to surrender his passports, and must electronic ankle bracelet until his next court date in August. He is reportedly believed to be at the center of a scheme to double-bill the House of Representatives for IT equipment. Together, Awan and his family raked in $4 million between 2009 and 2016, the DC reported, for what at times appeared to be "no show" jobs. But he must wear a Global Positioning System monitor, abide by a curfew and stay within a 50-mile radius of his home in Virginia.

Shortly after an investigation had been launched, Awan moved abruptly from his Virginia rental home, and the rental's new tenant - a Marine Corps veteran - reported that "wireless routers, hard drives that look like they tried to destroy [sic], laptops, [and] a lot of brand new expensive toner" were left behind after Awan's departure.

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