Court documents reveal that a fugitive former Democrat tech staffer has struck a deal with federal officials to return to the country and appear at an arraignment.
The staffer fled the U.S. to seek refuge in Pakistan while under criminal investigation Hina Alvi is the wife of Imran Awan, and both face charges of conspiracy and bank fraud. The couple worked for Democrats for several years, with Awan working directly for Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz , D-Florida when she served as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Awan used to be the lawmaker’s information technology administrator.
The revelation comes from a document filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia which states that federal prosecutors have arranged a deal with Alvi that would permit her to return to the country. The condition appears to be that she has to return her passport and not book any international travel afterwards. The deal mainly focuses on how Alvi would turn herself in, with a structure that would allow her not to be arrested in front of her children when she returns to the U.S. The document reveals the date of return on the last week of September 2017.
Alvi and Awan became the focus of investigations by the FBI and Capitol Police about the irregularities for purchases of some computers and other equipment which was later discovered to be missing. The bigger implication is that the couple, and their associates, could have had access to sensitive government information over the years since they were said to have had access also to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed the couple and their associates on a part-time basis.
The Daily Caller reported in July that the FBI seized smashed hard drives from Awan’s home. The report also said that Awan desperately tried to get back the smashed hard drives.
The pair is also facing charges in which federal officials say that the husband and wife used false information to get home equity lines of credit and had intended to send money overseas, particularly Pakistan where Awan spends significant time even while working in the U.S.
Awan worked for Wasserman Schultz as early as 2005, shortly after which he started getting his relatives onboard including his wife, two brother and their wives as IT staffers on the payrolls of other House Democrats. Awan and his relatives collectively had been paid $4 million since 2009. One of the staffers revealed that some of the computers Awan was managing then were being used to transfer data to an off-site server.
Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign as DNC chief in 2016 after the committee’s IT system was hacked. Oddly, she has refused to fire Awan despite knowing he’s under criminal investigation.
National security may have been compromised with the deeds of Awan and relatives.