Former House of Representatives aides suspected of contributing to a major security breach just ran to Pakistan in order to avoid persecution.
The Awan family were once revered members of the IT Tech team in the House of Representatives, but were terminated in February due to their suspicious activity while employed there.
The Awans were ultimately accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices, and more importantly, committing illegal violations on the House IT network , including downloading private government information.
The Daily Caller reports:
Hina Alvi, her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case.
The Awans are “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network,” according to Politico. Many of the Democrats who employed the Awans are members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (A list of potentially compromised members is listed below.)
Their positions gave them access to members’ emails and confidential files. In addition, Imran was given the password for an iPad used by the-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat. The five came to the U.S. from Pakistan.
Now Hina Avi, along with her husband and two brothers, have run away to Pakistan, where their family reportedly has “significant property”, and where they believe they would be safe from persecution.
Hina Avi listed both her properties for sale in Lorton, as well as permanently un-enrolled her children in school, so it seems the family was trying to leave for good.
Several family members who claimed anonymity believe that their leaving the country could prove to be a national security issue.
The family has also sought protection in Pakistan, claiming in court documents that they are VIP’s and requesting a police escort.
The Daily Caller News Foundation continued:
The family received more than $4 million in congressional pay, yet their lifestyles in the U.S. were not overly luxurious. Gilani said significant assets were stored in Pakistan.
When Imran and Hina moved out of their 3,200 square foot home in Lorton, Imran told a neighbor he was moving into a home his father, who died Jan. 16, previously occupied.
“They lived there nine years,” the neighbor told The DCNF. “I saw a moving truck a month ago, and he said he was moving to his dad’s house.”
Abid also moved out of his longtime Springfield home, the new tenants told The DCNF.
Gilani said Abid moved into their deceased father’s home with his wife and kids, and Imran moved in as well but without his family.
That Springfield home is where Gilani, the stepmother, lived with the Awan’s father until his death. She fled after the brothers threatened to have her relatives in Pakistan kidnapped if she didn’t cooperate in a financial scheme, she told The DCNF, echoing statements made in court documents.
Regardless of their suspicious move, the Awan family has certainly buried themselves deep into a situation that will prove incredibly difficult to explain themselves out of.
Not only were they accused of stealing classified information and government equipment, but they did so on an almost $4 million government salary.
Their exodus to Pakistan only further proves their guilt.
A spokesperson for Capitol Police declined to comment to the DCNF, but they are reportedly working with overseas officials to export the suspects back to the United States.
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