Democratic Staffer Imran Awan Arrested on Bank Fraud Charge, Fired From Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Office

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Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida speaks at the DNC's Leadership Forum Issues Conference in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19, 2014. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida speaks at the DNC’s Leadership Forum Issues Conference in Washington, DC, on Sept. 19, 2014. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Imran Awan, who has worked for several House Democrats, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was arrested Tuesday on charges of bank fraud as he tried to leave the country, legal documents show.

FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Ram said FBI and US Capitol Police arrested Awan at Washington’s Dulles International Airport as he attempted to travel to Pakistan.

The complaint and affidavit against Awan accused him and his wife, Hina Alvi, of attempting to commit bank fraud by misrepresenting themselves on a loan for a rental property they had and then wiring the proceeds to two unnamed persons in Pakistan.

Christopher Gowen, an attorney for Awan, said Schultz’s office fired him after the arrest. David Damron, a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz, confirmed to CNN that Awan had worked in the Florida Democrat’s office and had been fired.

Asked if Alvi, who the complaint refers to at length, had been charged, Gowen said, “Not yet.”

Awan, 37, of Lorton, Virginia, was a shared employee paid by more than a dozen Democratic House offices, congressional disbursement documents show, for January to March 2017, the most recent period for which data are available.

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