Serving as IT administrators for a group of Congressional Democrats, a family of Pakistanis that escaped from the country after being a suspect of committing fraud and having terrorist links also had a host of other unusual and controversial business schemes brewing.
Imran Awan and four remaining family members, his spouse Hina Alvi and brothers, are the center of a probe by Capitol Police.
The Pakistanis are accused of “stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network.” A great deal of the Democrats who hired the Awans are House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members.
From 2009 to 2017, Imran, his spouse Hina and sibling Abid and Jamal netted over $4 million in wage as the IT Administrators for House Democrats. Their IT system access was taken away by Capitol Police in February after a major information breach was discovered.
Ever since, the family has fled to their homeland Pakistan, ostensibly to run away from the authorities.
The Daily Caller‘s non-profit arm has been covering the investigation, uncovering that the family was involved in suspicious property transactions (in misrepresenting real estate deals and as landlords for homes in the area and demanding cash and “unsigned money orders” as payments) and the car dealership ownership in Falls Church, Virginia.
Having sworn an oath, a business partner stated the dealership was a scheme.
Abid’s dealership obtained $100,000 on behalf of Ali Al-Attar, an Iraqi politician who was into medicine in the Washington, D.C. area and is on the run from the U.S. Department of Justice.
In financial disclosure statements given to Congress, Imran Awan said that his wife had no revenue,although she received the nearly $200,000-per-year wage that he did. They also disclosed no rental income – one more falsehood.
“Imran Awan threatened that he is very powerful, and if I ever call the police again, [he] will … kidnap my family members back in Pakistan,” Gilani said in court documents.
Days before their father died, the brothers badgered him to sign over assets as insignificant as a $5,000 car — assets they didn’t need, according to a relative. The relative speculated the goal was to make their father desperate enough to sign the Pakistani power of attorney, which would give them access to potentially sizable offshore bank accounts.
They also had their dying father sign a form making Abid administrator of his life insurance policy, though nothing about the change altered Gilani’s position as beneficiary.
However, Jamal falsely attested on the death certificate that his father was divorced, and Abid made himself beneficiary, leading to a lawsuit alleging life insurance fraud. Outside of the Fairfax County court during the case, Abid would say only that “people could harm me,” declining to explain what he meant.