Two former information technology aides working for Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) have been indicted.
Former staffer Imran Awan was indicted on four counts including making false statements and conspiracy. His wife Hina Alvi, was also indicted.
Fox News reports:
The indictment itself, which merely represents formal charges and is not a finding of guilt, addresses separate allegations that Awan and his wife engaged in a conspiracy to obtain home equity lines of credit from the Congressional Federal Credit Union by giving false information about two properties – and then sending the proceeds to individuals in Pakistan.
Awan was previously barred from accessing the IT network for Democrats. Although Awan and other family members were under investigation for security breaches and theft of government property, Wasserman Schultz continued to keep him employed.
Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.
Wasserman Schultz defended her decision to keep Awan employed while he was under investigation and barred from accessing the IT network.