Remember way back at the beginning of the year when a Democratic IT staffer was stopped at Dulles International Airport on his way to his native Pakistan? Well, he, Imran Awan, and his wife who had to be fetched from their homeland were in court in Washington this week, and, according to their lawyer, “This case is hardly newsworthy.”
In the world of the swamp that’s an admission that the people involved just want the entire affair to go away.
In this case, though, the entire thing is not going away. And in a standing room only court, the prosecuting U.S. Attorney offered up new information that sounds eerily familiar when dealing with the Democrats.
When Awan was arrested at Dulles, he was carrying a cell phone that had been “wiped” at 6:30 that evening. Wiped as in Hillary Clinton’s server wiped.
Awan was also carrying a laptop computer that, according to the government, had not much more than a resume on it. No other files were mentioned.
— Cindy McCafferty (@CMcCafferty3) October 10, 2017
The Awans sold property in Virginia – a lot of what they owned – prior to their get out of dodge attempt.
All of this put together has prompted the U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case, Michael Mirando, to label Awan a flight risk, forcing the surrender of his passport and the defendant to wear a tracking device. Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi Awan, is not required to wear the same sort of device, but she did have to give up her passport. Their lawyer requested the removal of the device, like the U. S. Attorney was stupid.
Officially, the case is a bank fraud issue.
While Hina Alvi was gone, on August 17, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted her and Awan on four counts, including conspiracy and conspiring to obtain home equity loans for $165,000 and $120,000 from the Wright Patman Congressional Federal Credit Union and then transferring the money to Pakistan. (Read the FBI’s criminal affidavit on the bank fraud here and you’ll see why the government thinks it has a strong case.)
Unofficially – for now – Awan was one of a family of brothers who worked in IT for several Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who had more email leaks last year than Hillary did. These are things that make American Deplorable’s go “hmmm”.
Something here is up. Bank fraud might be the slam dunk case against the Awans, but it looks like they might be the key to something far more unsavory.