Imran Awan, a longtime IT aide to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted on Thursday on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements, reports Fox News. Awan’s 33-year-old wife Hina Alvi also was indicted.
The indictment comes nearly a month after Awan was apprehended at Dulles airport in Virginia while trying to board a plane to Pakistan. He was originally charged with a single bank fraud count, a charge to which Awan pled not guilty.
Authorities have accused Awan of attempting to defraud the Congressional Federal Credit Union by obtaining a $165,000 home equity loan for a rental property, a violation of the credit union’s policies since it is not the owner’s primary residence. The fraudulently obtained funds were then included as part of a wire transfer to two individuals in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Although reports of the probe into Awan’s activities have been circulating since February, the staffer had been kept on the payroll of Debbie Wasserman Schultz until Tuesday, despite the fact that he had been barred from accessing the House server network. Shortly after his apprehension, the Florida Congresswoman’s office announced that they would be terminating his employment.
Awan, along several members of his family including two brothers and their spouses, is at the center of a growing scandal involving activities they engaged in while employed as IT staffers for several members of the House Democratic caucus.