Muslim IT scammers took hundreds of thousands of dollars from key Democrats.
Awan is known as the ringleader of the group. The group also included
his brothers Abid and Jamal. Later, two wives, Hina Alvi, Imran’s wife
and Natalia Sova, Abid’s wife were added to the scheme. This team
provided IT services since 2005 for Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie
Wasserman Schultz, the former Democratic National Committee (DNC)
chairwoman. Further, they worked for Texas, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep.
Sandy Levin, and dozens of House Democrats.
These Pakistanis have
essentially unfettered access to sensitive data, including emails and
other documents. They were able to tap into messages regarding
intelligence, foreign affairs, and homeland security. They were put
under investigation, where it was discovered that classified information was copied to an off-site server.
Capitol Hill technology aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s
Investigative Group that members of Congress have displayed an
inexplicable and intense loyalty toward the suspects who police say
victimized them. The baffled aides wonder if the suspects are
blackmailing representatives based on the contents of their emails and
files, to which they had full access.
I don’t know what they have, but they have something on someone. It’s
been months at this point” with no arrests, said Pat Sowers, who has
managed IT for several House offices for 12 years. “Something is rotten
A manager at a tech services company that works with
Democratic House offices said he approached congressional offices,
offering their services at one-fourth the price of Awan and his
Pakistani brothers, but the members declined. At the time, he couldn’t
understand why his offers were rejected but now he suspects the Awans
exerted some type of leverage over members.
“There’s no question
about it: If I was accused of a tenth of what these guys are accused of,
they’d take me out in handcuffs that same day, and I’d never work
again,” he said.